PIC: Zimbabwean journalists march against police brutality

2017-07-29 17:57
Zimbabwean journalists march with their mouths tapped to Harare Central Police Station during a protest against police methods. ( AFP)

Zimbabwean journalists march with their mouths tapped to Harare Central Police Station during a protest against police methods. ( AFP)

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Harare – Zimbabwean journalists have reportedly protested against "police brutality on reporters", particularly those who report on "demonstrations and sensitive stories".

According to News Day, at least 40 journalists from different media houses marched from New Ambassador Hotel to Harare central police station on Friday, with their lips taped in protest over the arrest of reporters on duty.

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The journalists met with Inspector Zibudubudu, the officer in charge of operations after the officer commanding Harare province was not available.

In recent months reports have indicated that several journalists have been arrested in the country for reporting on sensitive stories and protests.

Zimbabwean cops on Thursday assaulted and arrested three journalists from an independent newspaper, accusing them of filming police details, as they threw spikes on vehicles in the capital Harare.

The throwing of spikes on motorists was currently being challenged in Zimbabwean courts.

Furthermore, earlier this year, two journalists from the privately owned daily NewsDay were arrested for reporting on President Robert Mugabe’s health condition.

The story said that Mugabe, 93, had "sneaked out of the country" in March, and quoted an unnamed source saying that it was "a tricky health situation".

Zimbabwe was ranked 124th out of 180 countries in Reporters Without Boarders' (RSF) 2016 World Press Freedom Index.

Zimbabwean journalists march with their mouths tapped to Harare Central Police Station during a protest against police methods. (AFP)

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