Police in Masvingo on 17 October 2018 threatened Godfrey Mutimba a journalist who writes for The Worker, a print publication run by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions.
According to Mutimba, the police were arresting illegal currency dealers operating around the vicinity of the main Post Office in the southern city of Masvingo. Trouble started when one of the police officers realised that Mutimba was recording the arrests on video.
The police officer accosted Mutimba on why he was filming the arrests. Mutimba produced his press accreditation card and explained he was carrying out his journalistic duties.
The same officer confiscated Mutimba’s press card and told the journalist that if he wanted his card he would have to go to Masvingo Central Police station where the police would verify Mutimba’s media credentials.
MISA Zimbabwe is currently assisting Mutimba to recover his press card.