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.