NewsDay journalist barred from covering defence forces graduation
Blessed Mhlanga, a NewsDay Zimbabwe journalist was barred from covering a defence forces graduation ceremony at the Zimbabwe Staff College in Harare, today on 28 November 2019.
According to Mhlanga, he was told only public media journalists from the Herald and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), were allowed to cover the event. He said this was despite the fact that he had been invited to cover the event.
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