Civil Society Organisations that advocate for media freedom and advance rights of journalists have castigated the increasing cases of journalists harassment the latest of which happened this week when police who were dispersing protesters in Harare beat up and confiscated cameras , recorders and other tools used by journalists.
At least five journalists were injured after one of the police commanders ordered his officers to attack journalists at parliament in Harare. The journalists were covering marches organised by unemployed graduates who were demanding 2,2 million jobs promised by the ruling party.
They noted that cases of harassment of journalists were on the rise in the country and the government needs to do something to protect journalists. The organisations have written a letter to President Mugabe to address their concerns.
The CSOs pointed out that journalism was a legal and lawful occupation. “The government has registered and licensed these journalists so why are they being attacked in the line of duty?” said ZUJ secretary general Foster Dongozi.
The press conference was organised by MISA Zimbabwe, ZINEF, MAZ, MMPZ , HFCC , ZACRAS and the media centre.