Spike in journalists arrests

POLICE arbitrary arrests of journalists legally doing their work has spiked by 130% in the past 12 months as the State intensifies its suppression of freedom of expression and keeping the electronic media closed to private players, the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (Maz) has said.


The organisation revealed the statistics of a media under siege during a Press conference in the capital ahead of next week’s Media Freedom Day celebrated worldwide on May 3.

Maz said the statistics of journalists arrested and beaten or tortured at the hands of the police in the past year were compiled by the Media Institute of Southern Africa-Zimbabwe in their State of the Media Report 2016.

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Source : NewsDay Zimbabwe

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