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Journalists march against police brutality

28 Jul, 2017
Zimbabwean Journalists are concerned about ongoing cases of police harassment and assault of journalists on duty.

Zimbabwean journalists on 28 July 2017 marched to Harare Central Police Station protesting the assault by the police of three colleagues employed by the privately owned NewsDay daily newspaper.

The Harare-based  journalists marched to the police station from the Ambassador Hotel through the central business district following the assault on 27 July 2017 of journalists Obey Manayiti, Shepherd Tozvireva , Abigail Mutsikidze, and their driver, Raphael Phiri.

Manayiti sustained a bruised lip and swollen eye while Tozvireva and Phiri were also roughed up by the plainclothes police.

Upon arrival at the police station, the journalists who were joined in their march by MISA Zimbabwe Chairperson, Kumbirai Mafunda, requested to meet the officer-in-charge following the assault of the journalists who were on duty in the central business district.

Journalists Blessed Mhlanga and Philemon Jambaya, representing their colleagues, then held a meeting with  Inspector Ziburubudu in the presence of MISA Zimbabwe Legal  Officer Farai Nhende. The journalists expressed their concern with continued cases involving the harassment and assault  of journalists on duty by the police.

Inspector Ziburubudu advised the journalists to write and request for a meeting with the Officer commanding Harare district.

Read MISA Zimbabwe’s recent position on the assault of journalists by the police.

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The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) was founded in 1992. Its work focuses on promoting, and advocating for, the unhindered enjoyment of freedom of expression, access to information and a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media.

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