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December 07, 2010
Tatenda Chitagu, a Newsday correspondent based in Masvingo was on
5 December 2010 reportedly harassed by ZANU PF youths at the instigation
of senior party members at an inter-district meeting held at Masvingo
members are alleged to have instructed the youths to chuck Chitagu
out of the meeting. Among senior party members who attended the
meeting were party chairman, Simon Khaya Moyo, Higher and Tertiary
Education Minister Stan Mudenge, Josiah Hungwe and Lovemore Matuke.
Surprisingly the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity Webster
Shamu who is also ZANU PF Political Commissar was also in attendance
but did not come to Chitagu's aide.
On his way
to town Chitagu was reportedly approached by two unidentified men
who confiscated his notebooks. "At the moment I am so disturbed
with what happened," said Chitagu.
meeting, the Zanu PF chairman reportedly accused the private media
of exaggerating issues particularly those pertaining to the country's
security. He vowed that this could not be allowed to continue.
There has been
an increase in the number of cases involving the harassment and
arrests of journalists particularly those from the private media.
On 17 November
2010 police arrested
Standard reporter, Nqobani Ndlovu and charged him in terms was of
Section 31 of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act, which deals with publishing
false statements prejudicial to the state. He was released from
Khami remand prison on bail after spending nine days in custody.
On 30 November
2010 police arrested his editor Nevanji Madanhire detained him over
night and charged him with the same offence arising from a story
written by Ndlovu on the postponement of police promotional examinations.
and representative media organisations on 26 November 2010 petitioned
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and other relevant authorities
expressing concern with the increase in the number of cases involving
arrests and harassment of journalists.
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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