MDC Alliance security details are reported to have harassed Tafara Chikumira, a journalist with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation (ZBC) during a rally held in Gweru’s Mkoba stadium on Sunday 24 February 2019. Chikumira is the ZBC’s Midlands Bureau Chief.
According to Chikumira, the security details did not like the idea of ZBC covering the event, arguing that ZBC’s coverage is biased in favour of the ruling party.
The harassment only ended after the intervention of MDC Alliance’s leader Nelson Chamisa, thus permitting the journalist to continue with his duties.
MISA Zimbabwe condemns the intimidation and assault of journalists by members of political parties. The rights to both media freedom and access to information are explicitly guaranteed in the constitution of Zimbabwe through Section 61 and 62 respectively.
MISA Zimbabwe also reminds media practitioners to employ the profession’s safety and security measures while covering hostile situations. Media practitioners are advised to also utilise the MISA JournoSOS App as well as the MISA Panic Button App in the event of any violations. MISA Zimbabwe staff is also on standby to assist media practitioners injured or arrested in the line of duty. The MISA Hotline is 0784 437 338.