Zim cops assault, detain three journalists for taking pics in Harare

2017-07-28 10:02


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Harare – 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.

The southern African country’s parliamentarians this week took a swipe at the police, saying they were endangering the safety of motorists and ordinary citizens.

Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri recently defended the police for using spikes during traffic enforcement duties, saying the spikes were "a necessary defence for traffic officers".

A human rights lawyer representing the journalists, Kuzivakwashe Ngodza of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights told News24 that the journalists were being detained at Harare Central Police Station.

“I am at the police station and still waiting to find out what charges the police are preferring against the three Newsday journalists and their driver Raphael Phiri,” said Ngodza.

The journalists were Obey Manayiti, Abigail Matsikidze and photographer Shepherd Tozvireva. They were all from NewsDay

Their was condemned by the Young Journalists Association.

"We call upon the Zimbabwe Republic Police to respect members of the fourth estate as they carry out their duties as enshrined in Section 61 and 62 of the country’s constitution," said the association’s spokesperson Philemon Jambaya in a statement.

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