Freedom of Expression Tracker: Legislated

There has been an increase in police crackdown on journalists in the months prior to this incident. An Alpha Media Holdings online reporter, Tapiwa Zivira was assaulted and detained for four hours by Harare police for recording a video of police beating up touts and bystanders during an operation to arraign touts in Harare’s central business district. Previously The Zimbabwe Mail photographer Angela Jimu was beaten up while photographing an MDC-T protest and another incident involved The Zimbabwe Mail online editor Privilege Musvanhiri, who was harassed and assaulted by municipal police officers while filming the harassment of vendors in Harare. A Zimpapers photojournalist, Justin Mutenda, was also recently stripped naked by State intelligence operatives at Harare International Airport while covering the departure of the Bangladesh national cricket team from Zimbabwe.

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