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Journalist attacked outside court

4 Jul, 2024

What happened

NewsDay journalist Rejoice Phiri was reportedly assaulted by fraud-accused Moses Mpofu’s sister-in-law outside the Harare Magistrates Court on 1 July 2024.

According to NewZimbabwe.com Phiri was attacked while filming a conversation between socialite Passion Java and the accused. In a fit of rage, she also reportedly grabbed NewZimbabwe.com’s equipment outside the court while hurling insults against the journalists.



MISA's position

MISA Zimbabwe condemns any form of media freedom violations, including assault, threats and intimidation against journalists conducting their lawful professional duties.

Journalists have a constitutional mandate to seek, receive and impart information without any hindrance. In that regard, every person ( including the State and its agencies),  has  a duty to respect, protect and promote the rights of journalists as provided by Section 61 and 62 of the Constitution.

About MISA

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) was founded in 1992. Its work focuses on promoting, and advocating for, the unhindered enjoyment of freedom of expression, access to information and a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media.

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Those affected:
NewsDay journalist Rejoice Phiri
Number affected:
fraud-accused Moses Mpofu’s sister-in-law
Types of actors:
Harare Magistrates Court