Zimbabwe govt apologies for harassing journalists

Nick Mangwana

INFORMATION ministry permanent secretary Ndavaningi Mangwana on Wednesday apologised over harassment of journalists by State security agents during the course of their duties.

He was speaking during a media webinar on national response to COVID-19 in Zimbabwe organised by United Nations Development Programme and partners.

Mangwana said journalists play a critical role in peace build-ing during the COV-ID-19 crisis and their duties must be respected constitutionally.

“Firstly, I would like to apologise on how some media players were ill-treated by State security agents of late.

“Media is an essential service provider as it plays a critical role during the COVID-19 crisis. As a ministry, we are fighting two court cases where a media body has taken us to court while the deaf organisation is also fighting for their rights.”

He added: “There was no need for us to fight in court over how journalists operate or those living with disabilities. We want to see media packaging and distributing information to the end user so that we reach out to even marginalised communities.”

Asked how safe were the journalists exposing brutality among citizens by the security agents, he said that media had a constitutional right to expose what is wrong.

Source – newsday