Beatific Ngumbwanda a journalist with TellZim weekly newspaper was on 8 April 2020 arrested by the police in Chiredzi, Zimbabwe who accused him of violating the lockdown regulations as stipulated in terms of Statutory Instrument (SI) 82 of 2020.
Freelance journalist Panashe Makufa was beaten up by members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), today around 1700hrs in the Harare suburb of Kuwadzana while undertaking his professional duties.
Zimbabwean journalist Nunurai Jena was on 3 April 2020 remanded out of custody on free bail to 7 May 2020 when he appeared in court in Chinhoyi charged with disorderly conduct in a public place.
NewsDay journalist Nunurai Jena who was on 2 April 2020 arrested around 10:30 am by the police in Chinhoyi as he was taking pictures of police operations at a checkpoint is now being charged with disorderly conduct in a public place.
Police in Masvingo today dispersed several newspaper vendors and also arrested four, being 3 females and 1 male this afternoon for violating SI 83 of 2020 which seeks to enforce the Presidential directive for a national lockdown.
Police this afternoon, 30 March arrested student journalist, Tatenda Julias who is attached at Pungwe News (New Ziana). Tatenda was arrested in the city’s residential suburb of Dangamvura while taking pictures related to the Coronavirus lockdown. Police have accused him of practising journalism without a press card.
Senior journalist Kudzanai Musengi was arrested in Gweru Central Business District this morning in the course of his official duties. Police accused him of practising as a journalist without valid accreditation.
Simbarashe Sithole a news reporter with NewsDay Zimbabwe was reportedly arraigned before Zanu PF politicians by the party’s provincial chairperson at a meeting in Mvurwi to explain a story about an alleged rift between MPs and war veterans in the province.
Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) cameraperson Providence Maranelli was on 10 February 2020 assaulted by an MDC-Alliance security detail in Gwanda, Matabeleland South Province, moments after party leader Nelson Chamisa had addressed a meeting.
Freelance journalist Nyasha Majoni was on 27 January 2020 reportedly manhandled by police in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe who accused him of sending pictures and video clips of police arresting illegal money changers.