The police also took their personal details including residential addresses and telephone numbers. The crew's camera was seized and images of the eviction deleted. The news crew was then escorted to the highway where the camera was handed back to them before being ordered to leave
MISA-Zimbabwe appeals to the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Professor Jonathan Moyo to engage and stress to the Minister of Home Affairs Kembo Mohadi and the Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri, on the sanctity of media freedom as enshrined in the new constitution.
Section 61 (1) (a) of the Constitution which guarantees freedom of expression and freedom of the media states that everyone has the right to freedom of expression which includes: freedom to seek, receive and communicate ideas and other information.
The media's right to cover and report events as they unfold in the public interest is again restated and emphasised in terms of Section 62 (1) on the right to access information which states:
Every Zimbabwean citizen or permanent resident, including juristic persons and the Zimbabwe media, has the right of access to any information held by the State or by any institution or agency of government at every level, in so far as the information is required in the interests of the public accountability.