'Govt must investigate crimes against scribes'

HARARE - As the world commemorates International Day to end Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, Misa Zimbabwe has urged President Robert Mugabe’s government to investigate cases involving the assault and abuse of journalists.

The media rights organisation said the investigations will assist in bringing the culprits to book and send a clear message to would-be perpetrators that the government does not tolerate these wanton acts of impunity against journalists.

“Cases that immediately come to mind involve the manhandling of... reporter Richard Chidza by ruling Zanu PF youths who shoved and slapped him at the end of a press conference on October 19, 2017...,” it said.

“On September 29, 2017 journalists Mugove Tafirenyika and Brighton Goko who work for the... Daily News sustained serious injuries after being assaulted by the police while covering demonstrations in Harare’s central business district.”

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly proclaimed November 2 as International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists in commemoration of the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on November 2, 2013.

In that regard, the UN urges member states to do their utmost to prevent violence against journalists and media workers.

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