Harassment of Daily News photojournalists slammed

HARARE - The opposition MDC renewal team yesterday condemned the harassment of journalists at the Harare International Airport by state security agents  after President Robert Mugabe fell while walking to his car.

The increasingly frail nonagenarian, who often goes to the Far East for medical check-ups, had just finished addressing his supporters after returning from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he took over the rotating ceremonial chairmanship of the African Union when he missed a step and tumbled off the podium.

Aggressive security personnel immediately moved to force all the gathered photojournalists, including a crew from the Daily News, to delete pictures of the mortifying fall.

“Yesterday’s harassment of the media by the State agents is a blatant violation of the national Constitution and an affront to media freedom,” the MDC renewal team said in a statement.

“It is a national shame that State agents would try to black out an incident that happened in full view of hundreds of people.

“While we are not celebrating the unfortunate incident that saw the president falling, we condemn in the strongest terms the harassment of journalists who were interrogated and ordered to delete pictures from their cameras.

“The fact that pictures and video footage of the now famous tumble have gone viral is a stark reminder to the State that in this day and age of advanced technology it is near-impossible to silence the citizen’s voice.”

The MDC renewal team said the media should be allowed to do its job in an independent manner at all times.

“We hope that what took place at the Harare International Airport will not be repeated,” the statement said.

Comments (3)

Why does Mugabe allow himself to be abused to this extend? Does he really have "quality life" ? Sometimes I feel he is worse off than during the prison years.

selele - 6 February 2015

Mugabe cannot get out of power alive, too many skeletons in the box, some old as Tonogara and others as fresh as that of General Mujuru. Chinotofira pachigaro chete.

Bingo Wokwa Gutu - 6 February 2015

Mugabe muroyi, haafi akada kubva pachigaro because dzaakapara dzawandisa asi pave pedyo nokuti honaika rwave kungo donha donha pose pose plus mukadzi haacharubatsire anotosarudza kuhura zvake kusingapore chidara chake chichingomberereka

tozvireva - 9 February 2015

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