0901beatrice_mtetwaWe are delighted that Carleton University has made Ms. Beatrice Mtetwa an Honorary Visiting Adjunct Professor in the Institute of African Studies.

Ms. Mtetwa is an amazing person to have associated with our Institute.

Ms. Mtetwa is a prominent media and human rights lawyer and a 2005 recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award. Throughout the decade, Mtetwa has defended numerous journalists against spurious charges brought by President Robert Mugabe’s government. She represented many of the journalists arrested during a massive crackdown on the press in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election. Among her court victories was the successful defense of /New York Times/ reporter Barry Bearak and British freelance journalist Steven Bevan, both of whom were arrested under an obsolete press accreditation law.

Ms. Mtetwa is the first African since Nelson Mandela to receive the Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize. President of the Law Society of Zimbabwe, Advocate Mtetwa‘s work was recognized by the Press Freedom Award in New York in 1985. Despite personal injury and harm, she remains a staunch defender of human rights and freedom of the press.