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left for dead is 4th reporter to be attacked in one week
Nomalanga Moyo, SW Radio Africa
June 17, 2013
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number of attacks against journalists in Zimbabwe has drawn sharp
condemnation from a media watchdog which described the trend as
were made by Media
Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) spokesman Nyasha Nyakunu,
following reports that another journalist was kidnapped, assaulted
and left for dead by unknown assailants in Chinhoyi.
The attack on
Chinhoyi-based freelancer Paul Pindani brings the number of journalists
attacked in June to four.
a report in the NewsDay newspaper, Pindani was abducted from his
home by three masked men who took him to a shopping centre where
they severely assaulted him before disappearing into the night.
told the paper that Pindani was gagged and abducted after he responded
to a knock on his door at 4am Friday.
assailants, who were wearing masks and work-suits, shoved a piece
of cloth into his mouth and dragged him to Mt Tikwiri shopping centre
about 80 metres from his house and beat him up with unknown objects
before disappearing,” Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara said.
The report Monday
said the journalist managed to get back to his house and narrated
the ordeal to his wife before losing consciousness. He was taken
to Chinhoyi hospital where his condition was said to be serious.
attacks on journalists include the one on Masvingo Mirror reporter
Bernard Mapwanyire, who was reported to have been manhandled by
MDC-T security staff while covering the party’s primary elections
on June 8th.
On June 7th,
MDC-T security staff assaulted
Zimbabwe Independent journalist Herbert Moyo as he tried to cover
a protest by party activists at Harvest House, the party’s
On June 6th,
Chronicle reporter Mashudu Netsianga was detained and questioned
by MDC-T security personnel for allegedly gate crashing a meeting
between Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and the business community
this station Monday MISA spokesman Nyakunu said the group will comment
in detail about the attack on Pindani once it has been established
who the kidnappers were as well as their motives.
to the other cases, we are saddened and very disturbed by such attacks
on journalists. These attacks do not just put the lives of these
journalists at risks but they endanger media freedom.
like to reiterate our call to political parties to rein in their
supporters and educate them on the critical role that journalists
play in a democracy. Journalists should be allowed to operate and
access news freely,” Nyakunu said.
it was important that political parties were heard to condemn such
attacks, especially in the run-up to elections. He said MISA will
be re-engaging politicians with a view to creating an environment
where journalists can do their jobs without suffering physical attacks.
In an opinion
piece Friday, The Independent newspaper said attacks on reporters
by supporters of all political parties were hardly surprising, given
that politicians across the party divide, including Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai, had openly verbally attacked media personnel
for doing their work.
is a courageous leader who has suffered all manner of assaults over
the years. But he has not listened to the press and therefore not
learnt from it. Beating up journalists is not the best way to win
friends and influence people.”
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