November 2011 was probably the most difficult month for me, yet.
Together with my editor, Nevanji Madanhire, we were summoned by the police no less than four times and ultimately we were arrested and charged on theft and criminal defamation charges.
In the same month I was charged again with criminal defamation on a separate case, a statement was recorded and the charges, God forbid, like the sword of Damocles, still hang over my head.
It being World Press Freedom Day today (May 3), I am constantly reminded of that dark November month and what steps Zimbabwe has taken to enhance media freedoms.
While it is generally accepted, authorities loosened their noose on the media over the past three years, the government has cunningly introduced laws that make it increasingly difficult for journalists to practice in Zimbabwe.
The world knows about two of the most outrageous media laws, the Public Order and Security Act (Posa) and the Access to Information and Privacy Act (Aippa), but I believe not much attention is given to criminal defamation laws.
In the past 12 months alone, I can count no less than 10 cases were journalists have been dragged to police stations on criminal defamation charges.
Never mind that the state hardly has any successful conviction in cases involving criminal defamation, they are only too happy to drag you through the courts and you suffer the ignominy of having been imprisoned for a day or two.
Just the idea of being dragged to a police station and even not being imprisoned, is enough to get anyone cowed, as it is not pleasant experience.
In my case, I was a guest of the state for one night, probably the longest night of my life. Sleeping in dirty and smelly blankets in a cold cell. I was told that this was one of the cleanest and well kept jails in the country, well I was honoured but no thank you I preferred sleeping at home.
The charge of theft, where I was accused of stealing documents to write a story, has since been dropped. One criminal defamation case has since been referred to the Supreme Court as we felt it was unconstitutional and infringed on our rights as journalists.
The other case is yet to be prosecuted, but it is increasingly highly unlikely that it will be brought before the courts.
Since its World Press Freedom Day, I believe it is time that we as journalists and anyone interested in the work of the media in Zimbabwe campaign strongly for the repeal of such laws.
We have left it for too long to the politicians, and as they have always done, who have shown that they cannot be trusted.
Most are after positions and self aggrandisement, yet the media and other sectors of society burn, literally.