Media violations and victories

The duo stormed the newsroom in reaction to a story published by TellZim News on 15 March 2018, in which the publication set out details of how the MDC-T in Masvingo province was allegedly planning to replace all sitting councillors with new ones.

MISA Stance:

This is the second incident this year in which members of the MDC-T have been implicated in violations against journalists. This particular incident is more worrying because the perpetrators took the violation a step further when they attempted to gag TellZim News journalists from carrying out their duties as provided for in the constitution of Zimbabwe.

MISA Zimbabwe reiterates its position that media freedoms such as the right to freedom of expression and access to information are the cornerstones of the practice of journalism. These rights are constitutionally guaranteed and must be respected. MISA Zimbabwe also takes this opportunity to remind members of the public to approach the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe with complaints on the content published in the media instead of assaulting or hindering journalists from doing their job.