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 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 ...


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 ...


Maphosa an accredited journalist who also works with Wezhira Community Radio Initiative in Masvingo, was arrested around 3pm for “criminal nuisance” and taken to Masvingo Central police station ...


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 ...


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. 


Jimu was assaulted and detained for taking pictures of the police as they pounced on the MDC-T youths who were marching demanding that the Zanu PF government delivers on its promise of 2.2 million ...


Police assaulted opposition protestors and photographer during a demonstration demanding President Robert Mugabe to deliver on his pre-election promise of the creation of two million jobs. 


Details of the exact nature of the questioning were still sketchy. Jimu is said to have sustained a swollen arm following her earlier alleged assault by the police on 18 August 2014 while covering ...