Freedom of Expression Tracker: Detained

Detained – Incidents where a media worker is imprisoned or detained. It can be legal or illegal and includes being sentenced to a gaol term or being detained without charge or incommunicado, held for preventative reasons, or arrested. The number we report is for the number of media workers involved in the incident.


This comes a day after the arrests of the editor of; the The Sunday Mail Mabasa Sasa, investigations editor Brian Chitemba and reporter Tinashe Farawo, following publication of a story on November 1st 2015, alleging a syndicate involving the police was behind the killing of elephants in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.


Poachers have used cyanide to kill 60 elephants in the Hwange national park in the west and the northern part of the country. Elephant conservation groups said in 2013 that as many as 300 elephants died in Hwange park after poachers laced salt pans there with cyanide. The government strongly disputed the figure, saying only a few dozen animals had died. Police have denied any investigations of ...


The visit by the police follows the questioning of Maposa on 15 June 2015 over suspicion that the initiative owned broadcasting equipment and had started broadcasting. Subsequent to the questioning , the initiative’s premises were searched by two policemen from Masvingo Central police station’s Law and Order Section on 29 June 2015. On 29 of June 2015, the police also instructed the ...


Fumba spent a night in the cells after he was denied bail. Police also summoned two Komboni Radio disc jockeys upon receiving information that the 2 were playing the song on air. The two disc jockeys were received after recording statements in which they denied playing the song on radio. MISA Zambia has been advocating for the revision of the outdated Penal Code to bring it into conformity with ...


Chitongo was convicted of contravening Section 72 (1) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), which states: No person shall carry on or operate a mass media service without a valid registration certificate. The offence arises from the publishing of three issues of an unregistered newspaper titled, the Southern Mirror. He was subsequently sentenced to an ...



The visit by the police follows the questioning of Maposa on 15 June 2015 over suspicion that the initiative owned broadcasting equipment and had started broadcasting. Subsequent to the questioning , the initiative’s premises were searched by two policemen from Masvingo Central police station’s Law and Order Section on 29 June 2015. On 29 of June 2015, the police also instructed the ...


It appears that there was a previous attempt to hack the website 10 days prior to the attack. The website of the country’s only privately owned daily newspaper, Mmegi, was hit by “interference” last Thursday, according to its online developers, Lifemedia.


Journalist Wilson Maphosa was arrested on allegations of criminal nuisance whilst taking pictures of police burning down homes belonging to illegal settlers. The arrest comes after a recent crackdown on journalists by police. Previous arrests include that of online reporter Tapiwa Zivira, photographer Angela Jimu and photojournalist Justin Mutenda.


The relationship between the Malawi Police Service and the media is almost always sour. The Service usually treats journalists as criminals and not partners in development.