Police on 21 September 2018 briefly detained reporter Pauline Chateuka who works for Community Radio Harare (CORAH) for filming police officers as they arrested vendors around the Copacabana bus terminus in Harare.
Police detained Chateuka despite the fact that she was visibly displaying her press card. According to her, when the police noticed that she was using a video camera to record the unfolding events, one officer ran up to her and pushed her into a nearby police lorry with his rifle butt.
Chateuka was separated from her colleague Joseph Andras when the police drove off with her in their lorry. Andras remained in the Copacabana area and was accosted by riot police who demanded deletion of footage from his cellphone.
He refused to delete the footage saying he was a registered journalist. Chateuka was released an estimated 10 minutes later with no charges.
In a similar incident, police officers also briefly detained NewZimbabwe editor Gilbert Nyambavhu on 19 September 2018. Nyambavhu was taking pictures of the police during their raids on vendors in Harare. He was detained in the company of his colleague Idah Mhetu.