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Freelance journalist battling for life
June 17, 2013

Freelance journalist Paul Pindani is reportedly battling for life after he was abducted from his home in Mashonaland West’s provincial capital of Chinhoyi on 14 June 2013 before being severely assaulted by three unknown assailants.

The three assailants who were wearing masks, allegedly shoved a piece of cloth into Pindani’s mouth and dragged him to Mt Tikwiri shopping centre where they reportedly attacked him with unknown objects before disappearing into the night.

The motive of the attack remains unknown.

Police spokesperson Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara, confirmed the incident saying investigations were in progress.

No arrests have been made so far.

MISA-Zimbabwe position

MISA-Zimbabwe urges the police to be thorough in their investigations and bring the culprits to book. The arrest of the assailants will send a clear and unequivocal message that the police will not tolerate these wanton and very disturbing attacks against journalists going about their lawful professional duties.

Bringing the culprits to book will not only help in creating a safe working environment for journalists, but will undoubtedly act as a strong deterrent against these barbaric criminal acts.

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