Journalists had been called back to cover the closing session of the meeting between ED/Govt and the business community. I was livestreaming, like several other journos. We had been authorized to do so.
To get into State House grounds we went through 2 security check points and I was cleared at both.
For my story, I talked to Kuda Tagwirei (implicated in allegations of state capture), Kindness Paradza and RBZ Gov Mangudya when a CIO confronted me & asked for my accreditation. I was livestreaming the Mangudya interview & did not have it on me had also left my ID with security
He marched me into a room at State House, and ordered me to switch off my phone, which I was using to record my interviews. He grabbed my phone, stopped the broadcast and switched off my phone.
They ordered me to sit down while 3 of them stood over me and interrogated me.
After being scolded by the CIO they let me go. Up to now I do not know what this was about or why I was targeted.
I did not violate any security protocols nor behave differently from other journalists at the event.
That such blatant intimidation can happen at State House during a business forum should concern all Zimbabweans interested in freedom of information and accountable leadership.Post published in: Featured