Police abduct photojournalist

Police today reportedly abducted and assaulted Angela Jimu, a photographer with the Zimbabwe Mail, as she covered a demonstration by MDC youths in Harare.

Angela Jimu
Angela Jimu

MISA-Zimbabwe released an alert indicating that the paper’s deputy editor, Nqobile Tesa, had confirmed the incident.

Tesa said the police had taken Jimu to a yet undisclosed place. Jimu was reportedly bundled into a police vehicle and had her camera and mobile phone confiscated.

Obert Mpofu, the transport minister, is the owner of the Zimbabwe Mail.

“MISA-Zimbabwe urges the police to immediately release Jimu and calls upon the Information and Media Panel of Inquiry (IMPI), to convene an urgent meeting with the Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri,” said MISA in a statement.

It added: “This meeting (between IMPI and the police) is long overdue given the backdrop of the continued assault of journalists going about their lawful professional duties and worse still by the very same law enforcement agents that are supposed to be protecting them.”

IMPI was set up by the ministry of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services purportedly to research into the state of journalism in Zimbabwe.

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