Freedom of Expression Tracker

MISA organises violations and victories into 10 categories of free expression violations and one category for victories toward achieving greater access to freedom of expression in the south of Africa.

The story titled: Mugabe in fresh health scare ... sneaks out to Singapore, was published in the newspaper’s edition of 2 March 2017. This followed President Mugabe’s departure for Singapore on 1 March 2017. Presidential spokesperson, George Charamba, is on record confirming the president’s trip to Singapore for a “scheduled” medical review.

“While, the motivating factor for the visit was not immediately clear, fears and indications are that the visit signals an operation to crack down on civic organisations that are deemed to be a threat to Zanu PF’s hegemonic interests and intentions,” said Mudzengi. He said from their discussions with the officers, it would appear “police superiors” are concerned with the press ...

He was arrested in Harare on 24 August 2016 with 12 other co-accused during demonstrations against government’s proposed introduction of bond notes.

Jemwa who had been in custody at Chikurubi Maximum Prison for almost a week, was arrested on 26 August 2016 together with more than 60 protestors following demonstrations in Harare’s central business district. Of the arrested protestors, 10 were also granted $50 bail each.

Ndlovu was arrested for taking pictures of the police as they assaulted Alfred Dzirutwe, spokesperson of the Bulawayo Youths Arise who were protesting against President Robert Mugabe’s leadership and rising unemployment.

Earlier, freelance journalist Lucy Yasin was assaulted by members of the riot police while covering the same march which was reportedly disrupted by the police.

Officer Commanding CID Law and Order, Assistant Commissioner Crispen Makedenge, wanted Chidza to disclose who had given him the communiqué when he covered the war veterans’ meeting in Harare last month. The police recorded a statement from Chidza before he was realeased without charges.

Chimunhu sustained bruises on his right elbow following the assault by the police. The police reportedly continued assaulting the journalists despite being shown accreditation cards issued by the Zimbabwe Media Commission. The police also confiscated Mahove’s recorder. MISA-Zimbabwe notes with great concern that the assault of the three journalists comes barely a week after the assault of ...

MISA-Zimbabwe which is monitoring the situation, could not immediately ascertain whether this is due to a technical fault.

They were released after being ordered to delete images of the protests. AMH are the publishers of Newsday, Standard and Zimbabwe Independent.