Alerts & media violations
On the afternoon of 29 October, Zimbabwe Republic Police officers beat up and detained freelance journalist Philemon Jambaya. The wrongful arrest took place as part of a joint ZRP and Harare municipality police operation in Harare’s Copacabana area that saw the arrest of vendors working in the area.
A video clip showing state security agents harassing local journalist Violet Gonda at State House in Harare on 29 October 2018 has gone viral on social media.
A plainclothes police officer assaulted Panashe Makufa a local journalist with online publication Mail & Telegraph on 18 October 2018 in Harare after asking why he was filming a police blitz against illegal foreign currency dealers.
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
Private media journalists were today, 16 October barred from entering the Commission of Inquiry into the post-elections violence that took place on August 1, 2018 in Harare, which is scheduled to conduct public hearings at the Cresta Hotel, Msasa, Harare.
Vendors selling the NewsDay and Zimbabwe Independent published by Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) were on 11 October 2018 attacked by some youths who went on to burn the newspapers in Harare’s central business district.
An official at the Qatar Embassy in Mbabane temporarily detained two senior Swazi Times journalists on Friday 4 October 2018 in what can only be described as a blatant violation of media freedom rights.
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 in Bulawayo called journalist and documentary producer Zenzele Ndebele in for questioning over his upcoming documentary entitled “Gukurahundi Genocide: 36 years later.”
Freelance journalist Columbus Mavhunga was detained for close to three hours during a police crackdown on vendors in Harare on Sunday 16 September. Mavhunga was detained after he refused to delete footage he had recorded...
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