News:Misa Zimbabwe Requests Meeting With Chihuri Over Police Brutality Against Journalists

<vote /> MISA Zimbabwe have dispatched board members Cris Chinaka and Kelvin Jakachira to request for a meeting with Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri to discuss the worsening situation of police attacking and brutalising journalists.

More than 10 journalists have either been assaulted by police or detained . Others have lost their property including cellphones, cameras and recorders during the scuffle. Part of the letter to Chihuri reads,

It is indeed the duty of journalists to cover and report issues and all events in the country, including demonstrations. While we do not seek to teach the police on how to do their job in maintaining law and order, we believe that that responsibility also includes ensuring the safety and security of journalists who will be dutifully executing their mandate. In fact, it is the same call of duty that the police find themselves answering to during protests that journalists also have to respond to. This is why they find themselves in the streets, precisely to cover the protests as they unravel. Nothing else drives them, but to get the story for the benefit of the general public and indeed policy makers who also use news reports to make informed decisions in the formulation of policies.

The proposed meeting is aimed at ensuring the police and journalists conduct their work without fear and suspicion of each other.

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