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Zimbabwean journalists vow not to be silenced as SA political parties plead for government to intervene

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A man and a woman hold placards during an anti-corruption protest march along Borrowdale road in Zimbabwe.
A man and a woman hold placards during an anti-corruption protest march along Borrowdale road in Zimbabwe.
ZINYANGE AUNTONY / AFP

What is happening: Zimbabwe has made headlines in recent weeks over claims of increasing violations against human rights and journalists being targeted for trying to report on rampant corruption and what some have deemed state-sponsored brutality.

The story so far: As South African citizens and opposition parties attempt to put pressure on their own government, the South African Development Community and African Union, which it currently chairs, Zimbabwean journalists are grappling with functioning in increasingly difficult terrain where they say news reports, giving commentary on the state of the country and even tweets could cost them their lives.

From the ground: Some leaders in the government and ruling party Zanu-PF have dismissed cries for intervention, said one leader who spoke anonymously to News24; Journalists described a continuing climate of fear, which has resulted in some in the media treading carefully so as to not "irritate government".

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