High Court judge Justice Owen Tagu on 21 January 2019 ruled that the Minister of State in the President’s Office Responsible for National Security does not have the authority to issue any directives in terms of the Interception of Communications Act.
MISA Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights’ urgent court application date, challenging the use of the Interception of Communications Act to wholly suspend communications has been set.
Five journalists were caught up in demonstrations that rocked Harare and Bulawayo on Monday 14 January 2019.
Police this afternoon assaulted journalist Costa Nkomo while they were rounding up vendors in the Harare City Centre. Nkomo is a journalist with online publication 263Chat.
Estacio Valoi of the Zambeze Daily Newspaper was arrested along with David Matsinhe from Amnesty International and an unnamed driver.
Today, 11 December, the Zimbabwe Republic Police officers assaulted and briefly detained Hubert Sithole and Panashe Makuta. Sithole and Makuta are reporter and photojournalists with online publication Mail and Telegraph respectively.
Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s live television broadcast went offline on two separate occasions while MDC Alliance leaders gave their respective testimonies to the Commission of Inquiry into the 1 August 2018 killings.
A freelance journalist, Nyasha Mukapiko with online publication Open Parly Zimbabwe, was assaulted and harassed on the afternoon of 22 November 2018.
MISA Zimbabwe joins the international community in condemning the overnight detention of Angela Quintal, Africa programme coordinator with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and its sub- Saharan Africa representative, Muthoki Mumo.
As the world commemorates the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists on 2 November, MISA Zimbabwe is greatly concerned with the upsurge in the number of cases involving media freedom violations in Zimbabwe.