Mr Ben Freeth MBE

Ben Freeth MBE is a British-born Zimbabwean farmer who successfully sued President Robert Mugabe in an international court in 2008. Since winning the suit he has been abducted, tortured and repeatedly harassed, and his farm was burnt to the ground. Ben is the author of Mugabe and the White African which tells his family’s story. The story was also the subject of a documentary which won Best Documentary 2009 (British Independent Film Awards), was nominated for the BAFTA Outstanding Debut Film 2010, and shortlisted for an Oscar in 2010. He has also written When Governments Stumble: Lessons from Zimbabwe’s Past: Hope for Africa’s future. Ben has lived in Zimbabwe for most of his life and is raising his three children there, together with his wife Laura. In 2010 Freeth was one of 44 people worldwide to receive an MBE from the Queen. Ben has appeared on the BBC TV Andrew Marr Show, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, BBC TV HARDtalk, as well as speaking at a number of festivals on the subjects covered in his book. He has been instrumental in setting up the Mike Campbell Foundation, (in memory of his late father-in-law who never recovered from the beatings he suffered alongside Ben), which is striving to bring about the restoration of justice, the rule of law and human rights to Zimbabwe and other Southern African Development Community (SADC) nations.

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