Freedom of Expression Tracker: Expelled

Expelled – Incidents where journalists are expelled from, prevented from entering or leaving (such as by denying visas, work papers or accreditation) and / or generally inhibited from moving freely in a country or certain areas to perform their work. We record the number of media workers involved in the incident.

Zimbabwe People’s Front political party president Owen Kuchata (34), Borman Ngwenya (30), Solomon Makumbe (29) and Silas Pfupa (37), are facing treason charges. The group of four allegedly established a militia training base in Mapinga, Mashonaland West Province, where they planned to commit terror acts, sabotage and banditry.

There has been interference into the operations of media houses especially those in remote areas. Previously, Northern Province Minister, Freedom Sikazwe was involved in the closure of a community Radio Station, Walamo while Then sportd Minister, Chishimba Kambwili stormed UNZA Radio, registered as a community radio station and threatened student journalists working at the institution. MISA ...

A Security official removed freelance journalist Godwin Mangudya from the press gallery during a parliamentary session, when he queried as to why journalists were expected to switch off their mobile phones.

The incident comes just weeks after the journalists were forced to delete pictures of President Mugabe’s fall at the Harare International Airport after he returned from the African Union Summit in Ethiopia.