Freelance journalist arrested

MISA-Zimbabwe Media Alert

27 June 2016

Freelance journalist James Jemwa was on 27 June 2016 arrested while filming people queuing outside banks in Harare’s Central Business District .

According to reports still to be confirmed, the persons who arrested Jemwa are suspected to be soldiers who were also part of the people queuing outside the banks.

His arrest comes barely a day after he was arrested  by the police in Harare on 26 June 2016 together with freelance journalists Garikai Chaunza, Christopher Mahowe, Khumbulani Zamuchiya and Edward Gweshe while covering protests against Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko’s continued stay at the Rainbow Towers Hotel.

The journalists who were detained at Harare Central Police Station were later released without charges on the same day after MISA-Zimbabwe dispatched Media Lawyers Network lawyer Obey Shava to secure their release.

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The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe was founded in 1996. Its work focuses on promoting, and advocating for, the unhindered enjoyment of freedom of expression, access to information and a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media.

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