Govt condemns assault on journalists

By Justin Mahlahla

The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Honourable Monica Mutsvangwa has described as barbaric and outrageous the assault of journalists at a rally in Chinhoyi over the weekend.

In a statement, Senator Mutsvangwa said the journalists, Ruvimbo Muchenje and Nunurai Jena were humiliated, harassed and prevented from executing their duties by party security officers as they tried to gain entry into Gadzema Stadium to cover the rally on 11 September 2022.

“We have witnessed this trend of harassing and assaulting reporters growing in the last couple of weeks and as Government we do not condone any acts of violence against journalists. Political parties should remember they are responsible for mishaps that happen at their rallies and should at all times restrain their supporters and security officers,” she said.

“The attack on female journalists’ border on gender-based violence, something we have strongly spoken about. It is the right of the media to cover events and for information to be given to them,” added the Minister.

“Political parties should not muzzle the Press and decide the events they want them to cover.”

Narrating her ordeal on Twitter, Ruvimbo Muchenje said she was pulled by the hair, thrown onto the ground and made to roll after taking photos.