We, Zimbabwean journalists, editors and media practitioners, having gathered at a post-2018 elections review conference organised by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA Zimbabwe) with the support of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), hereby resolve and implore:
An MDC Alliance councillor and his party’s supporters on 5 September 2018 threatened Tatenda Chitagu, a NewsDay journalist as he attempted to film protests that broke out during Masvingo’s mayoral elections.
Violet Gonda, a Zimbabwean journalist who has been working abroad for the past eighteen years was this week, denied a Zimbabwean passport.
ZANU PF supporters and councillors on 4 September 2018 threatened journalists against taking pictures of protests that broke out during the Chitungwiza municipality mayoral elections.
Member of Parliament for Buhera South Joseph Chinotimba verbally attacked and threatened a journalist for the Masvingo provincial weekly The Mirror during this year’s commemorations to mark Heroes Day.
Chief Justice Malaba this afternoon dismissed MISA Zimbabwe’s urgent chamber application to live stream the election challenge hearing scheduled for 22 August 2018, after hearing it in his chambers.
MISA Zimbabwe stands in defence and solidarity with media practitioners in Tanzania, Mozambique, and Zambia in the wake of increasing onslaughts against media freedoms and the right to access to information in the three countries.
This is an update on the urgent chamber application filed by MISA Zimbabwe with the Constitutional Court on 18 August 2018 seeking permission to live stream the election challenge hearing scheduled for 22 August 2018.
MISA Zimbabwe on 18 August 2018 filed an urgent chamber application at the Constitutional Court seeking the court’s permission for the live broadcasting and streaming of the election challenge to be heard next Wednesday.
NewsDay journalist Tinotenda Samukange was detained for close to three hours by soldiers in Harare’s high-density suburb of Kuwandzana on the 3rd of August 2018.