Local and foreign media were temporarily barred access to an MDC Alliance press conference called by the party leader Nelson Chamisa at the Bronte Hotel, Harare.
Media, elections and governance
MISA Zimbabwe has received two more reports of journalists injured while covering events that took place in Harare on Wednesday, 1 August 2018 in the afternoon.
In a tweet sent out this afternoon, Joseph Cotterill (@jsphctrl) a Southern Africa correspondent at the Financial Times spoke about his encounters with Zimbabwean security forces.
This election has also been significant because of the increasing role social media and other ICT tools have played in election-related matters. This short write up details three online events caused directly by actions in the “offline” world.
Yeshiel Panchia a journalist with the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) was on 2 August 2018 assaulted by a soldier following deployment of the army to quell protests in Harare.
The army on 1 August 2018 ordered journalists covering riotous demonstrations over delays in the release of presidential election results in Harare to switch off their video recording equipment and cameras.
MISA Zimbabwe on 20 July 2018 filed an urgent chamber application with the High Court in Harare challenging the constitution of the ZEC-led Media Monitoring Committee.
MDC-Alliance youths on 15 July 2018 assaulted freelance journalist Tamuka Charakupa in Harare’s dormitory town of Chitungwiza.
This short digest discusses two ICT related events that show how dated Zimbabwean laws are when it comes to the protection and promotion of fundamental rights in the digital age.
the Thinking Beyond pre-election edition is now out under the theme: 2018 Elections: Panacea to Transformation or More of the Same?