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Journalist briefly detained

15 Feb, 2024

What happened

Admire Chitsungo, a freelance journalist based in Kadoma was arrested and detained briefly at Kadoma Central Police Station.

Chitsungo said he was arrested on 10 February 2024 while taking pictures of the local Municipal Police  confiscating vendors’ wares in the town’s central business district.

At the station, he presented his Zimbabwe Media Commission-issued press card which expired on the 31st of January 2023.  The policeman that arrested him reportedly shouted at him for using an expired card.

He was later released without charge upon the intervention of a senior officer at the police station.

MISA's position

Responsible authorities should ensure that journalists conduct their lawful professional duties without hindrance  as their profession is at the core of citizens’ exercise and enjoyment of the  right to freedom of expression and access to information as provided by the Constitution.

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Those affected:
Freelance journalist Admire Chitsungo
Number affected:
Police Officers
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