Freedom of Expression Tracker: Threatened

Threatened – Includes threats from public officials, death threats, various forms of harassment (such as veiled warnings, threats of action, interference in editorial processes, cyber attacks, raids and forcibly occupying a home or office), or journalists being questioned or interrogated on their sources. We report the number of media workers or media organisations involved in the incident.


“While, the motivating factor for the visit was not immediately clear, fears and indications are that the visit signals an operation to crack down on civic organisations that are deemed to be a threat to Zanu PF’s hegemonic interests and intentions,” said Mudzengi. He said from their discussions with the officers, it would appear “police superiors” are concerned with the press ...


Officer Commanding CID Law and Order, Assistant Commissioner Crispen Makedenge, wanted Chidza to disclose who had given him the communiqué when he covered the war veterans’ meeting in Harare last month. The police recorded a statement from Chidza before he was realeased without charges.


His arrest comes barely a day after he was arrested by the police in Harare on 26 June 2016 together with freelance journalists Garikai Chaunza, Christopher Mahowe, Khumbulani Zamuchiya and Edward Gweshe while covering protests against Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko’s continued stay at the Rainbow Towers Hotel. The journalists who were detained at Harare Central Police Station were later ...


A Newsday reporter was threatened with death by a College Principal  after questioning him regarding allegations of a leaked ZIMSEC Geography paper amongst students, prior to writing the exam. ZIMSEC was allegedly withlding the college's O Level Geography results pending further investigations.


The CRIs which fall under the Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS), exist as registered trusts with the Deeds Office and not as radio stations while awaiting the long overdue call for applications for licenses for community radio stations.


Addressing BAZ senior management during a tour of the regulatory authority on 12 January 2016, Mushowe said Zimbabwe’s airwaves should not be invaded by foreign based stations when the country has capacity to ‘protect its territory’.


George Charamba, spokesperson to President Robert Mugabe, threatens private media after a reporter asked him to comment on the contract status of Zimbabwean Defence Forces commander, General Constantine Chiwenga.


This was after Chipatiso had asked the magistrate if taking notes during a court session was allowed. The magistrate told her that journalists were allowed to take notes during court sessions. After the court proceedings, Chipatiso confronted the journalist and threatened to assault her.


The Post Newspaper is considered the leading privately owned daily newspaper in Zambia and carries critical, dissenting views. It has previously been censured and threatened with closure by the government. The editor is currently facing charges under the State Security Act for ‘Publication of Classified Information’ after the newspaper published an article which quoted a letter from the ...


The president and State House Press Officers remarks follow after media reports criticized the president on his return from the United Nations General Assembly. Mutharika’s trip included a large entourage, chartering of a private jet and high levels of expenditure, all of which was questionable in tmes of economic difficulties that the country is faced with.