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.


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.


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


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


The journalists who were detained at Harare Central Police Station were later released without charges on the same day after MISA-Zimbabwe dispatched Media Lawyers Network lawyer Obey Shava to secure their release.


His play follows President Robert Mugabe’s statement that $15 billion in diamonds revenue had gone missing from mining activities in the Marange district of Manicaland Province.


Manyere becomes the eighth journalist to be arrested within a period of less than a month. This follows the arrest of three journalists Sydney Saize, Bernard Chiketo and Kenneth Nyangani on 23 October 2015 in Rusape. Four more journalists; Mabasa Sasa, Brian Chitemba,Tinashe Farawo and Takunda Maodza were arrested on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2015.


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 ...