Court orders Police to Stop harassment of Journalists

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An anti-riot policeman in Zimbabwe kicks a woman as they dispersed a crowd gathered to hear an address by the leader of the MDC Alliance, Nelson Chamisa, at Morgan Tsvangirai House, in Harare, on November 20 2019. Image: Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP
An anti-riot police man in Zimbabwe tackles a woman with his boot as they dispersed a crowd gathered to hear an address by leader of the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) Alliance, Nelson Chamisa at Morgan Tsvangirai House, the party headquarters, in Harare, on November 20, 2019. - Nelson Chamisa was due to address party supporters in his Hope of the Nation Address (HONA). The public address was blocked by riot police who beat up several people as they dispersed MDC supporters and other curious onlookers. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP)

HARARE – The High Court has granted MISA Zimbabwe a relief order interdicting the police from harassing, arresting and detaining journalists.

By Liberty Makusha

“The High Court has also ordered the police to recognise 2019 press cards and not to interfere with the work of journalists on the basis that their press cards were issued in 2019,”said MISA Zimbabwe.

TSTnews learnt that the Police Commissioner Matanga was arguing that the state does not recognise other journalists except ZBC journalists as essential service providers.

Police and soldiers were abusing, beating and brutalising journalists and MISA had to approach the High Court to stop the government from exercising heavy handedness against journalists during the lockdown.