Nine Journalists Arrested and Detained

Nine journalists were on September 30, 2021, arrested by members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police while at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) offices in Harare.

The journalists, Leopold Munhende, Thomas Madhuku, Nyashadzashe Ndoro, Robert Tapfumaneyi, Marshal Bwanya, Gaddaffi Wells, Adrian Matutu, Tongai Mwenje and Tinashe Muringai had gone to ZEC offices to cover a demonstration by members of the MDC Alliance.

The journalists were taken to Harare Central Police Station before being released without charge, following the intervention of lawyer Chris Mhike.

MISA Zimbabwe position

It is worrying that members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police continue to arrest journalists who would have produced accreditation cards and also advised that they are undertaking their professional duties.

MISA Zimbabwe calls on the ZRP to desist from unjustifiably interfering with the work of media practitioners.

SOS journalists hotline

If you are injured, detained or arrested ín the line of duty, call our 24/7 SOS journalist hotline on 0784 437 338 to access legal and/or medical assistance. Don’t forget to have the number saved in your phone for emergencies!

Source: MISA Zimbabwe

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