Journalist files report with police following assault
Journalist Nyashadzashe Ndoro on 6 September 2021 said he filed a report with the police following his alleged assault over a story on alleged corruption at the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA).
Ndoro was allegedly assaulted on 4 September 2021 in Harare’s high-density suburb of Mbare by assailants who demanded to know the sources of the story which was published by Nehanda Radio.
Ndoro reportedly lost his mobile phone during the assault. The report of his assault was reportedly filed with the police as RRB 4664963.
MISA Zimbabwe urges the police to thoroughly investigate this case to its final conclusion.
Meanwhile, Section 61 of the Constitution which provides for freedom of expression and freedom of the media, clearly highlights that every person is entitled to freedom of the media, which freedom includes protection of the confidentiality of journalists’ sources of information.
MISA Zimbabwe, therefore, calls on all stakeholders and members of the public to uphold the right of journalists to protect their sources as provided by the Constitution.
In that regard, there is also a need for the enactment of a law that protects whistleblowers to further strengthen the media’s watchdog role and citizens’ right to hold public officials accountable.
MISA Zimbabwe also urges members of the public aggrieved by stories published by the media to file their complaints with the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe. On the other hand, the media should at all times be guided by the codes and ethics of the profession in its reportage.
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