Posted on September 30, 2022 at 9:55 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga has been given a suspended prison sentence and fined after being found guilty of inciting violence.

The charges, widely criticized from human rights and freedom-of-expression organizations, stemmed from her appearance in a July 2020 peaceful protest against corruption.

The Guardian reports that the award-winning author plans to appeal her conviction with Zimbabwe's highest court.

Dangarembga and her co-defendant, Julie Barnes, were fined 70,000 Zimbabwe dollars (about $220) and face a six-month jail term if they commit a similar offense in the next five years.

Dangarembga drew acclaim for her first novel, Nervous Conditions, which was the first novel written in English by a black woman from Zimbabwe, and was also shortlisted for a Booker Prize for This Mournable Body.

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