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Journalists barred from taking pictures and threatened with arrest

25 Dec, 2022

What happened

The police in Zimbabwe’s second city of Bulawayo on 22 December 2022 reportedly barred some journalists from taking pictures as they dispersed people that had gathered in the city to remember victims of Gukurahundi.

According to the journalists, the police threatened to arrest them if they ignored their orders not to take pictures despite having duly produced their accreditation cards.

The police blocked the event on the basis that the organisers had not been cleared to hold the planned march.

The commemorations had been organised by pressure group, Ibhetshu LikaZulu.

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