ZUJ condemns arrest of SABC journalists

The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists Secretary General, Foster Dongozi, has condemned yesterday’s arrest of two South African Broadcasting Corporation correspondents in Harare.

The journalists, Shingi Nyoka and cameraman Ephert Musekiwa, were arrested for allegedly shooting a video of an open space where the MDC-T held its “cross-over” rally two days before the July 31 plebiscite. The area is informally referred to as Freedom Square.

“We take a glim view of such conduct by the police against journalists. We condemn in no uncertain terms the arrest of accredited journalists who are lawfully carrying out their duties,” said Dongozi.

According to the lawyer representing the scribes, Mupanga Bhatasara, the two were initially detained at Milton Park and transferred to Harare Central Police Station’s Law and Order Section before their release almost two-and-a-half hours later without any charge.

Anti-riot police trucks mounted with water cannons have been deployed to Freedom Sqaure.

The arrests come as police have reportedly launched a manhunt for two British journalists, Jerome Starkey and Jan Raath, in connection with a story implying that Zimbabwe had signed a secret deal to export uranium to Iran for the manufacture of nuclear weapons.

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