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Prominent Journalist Arrested For Filming Sikhala Arrest

Prominent Journalist Arrested For Filming Sikhala Arrest

NewsDay journalists Blessed Mhlanga and Chengeto Chidi were arrested on Saturday, 7 May, while covering the council by-election in ChitungwizaÔÇÖs Ward 7, Zengeza West constituency.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), representing the duo, confirmed the arrests.

In a post on his Twitter page, Mhlanga said that his offence was to film the arrest of CCC vice-chairperson, Job Sikhala. He wrote:

Arrested in Chitungwiza filming a documentary on water challenges. We are being taken to the police station.

My phone, a Pr0 40 Huawei, has been broken by police trying to destroy my footage as they arrested Job Sikhala.

CCC spokesperson, Fadzai Mahere said they were advised that Mhlanga and Chidi were taken to Harare Central Police Station, Law and Order Section but the charges they were facing were not clear. Said Mahere:

Journalists @bbmhlanga & Chengeto Chidi have been arrested while in the course of covering the by-election in Chitungwiza.

We reiterate that journalism is not a crime. The press should be free to carry out its duties without interference.


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18 Comments

Bonzo 1 month ago

Job Sikhala mamunyanyira musiyei chii nhai mazanu pf


Chawabvunza 1 month ago

I have never come across this piece of legislature which forbids journalists or anybody to take photos when a Police Officer is making an arrest. Since it is a developing story, let us watch the space.

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].


Bright 1 month ago

Ko vanodii kusunga chamisa hanty ndiye boss wevanhu Ava her ini chero ndakaona mapurisa achidyiwa neshumba haa kudira salt chte


Ean 1 month ago

#ZimbabweanLivesMatter

#shutdownzimbabwe on 9 may


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ayas 1 month ago

police are you paid extra for arresting CCC members coz your reasoning is very low zvinhu zvakatiomera tese wani maybe mune police supermarket where you get cheapest goods


Biden 1 month ago

A mere by elections vakomana vosvibisa zita ravo ipa handipanzwisise apa vazviisa paspot iight


Patriotic One 1 month ago

PSL Results
Platinum 3-0 Caps United
Dzimwe dzese 0-0


Asalif 1 month ago

have any Juno been arrested for covering ZANU pf programs


Mangethe 1 month ago

Hwfr PSL results guys


ZLM 1 month ago

#Shutdown Zimbabwe on 9 May


Mafirakureva 1 month ago

@Bright, hazvina kunzi go and demonstrate. Stay at home. So unorohwa sei iwe uri kumba? #ShutdownZimbabwe is all about staying at home,. Quietly. Peacefully

Bright 1 month ago

Enda wega unokwaturwa wega ikoko wakanganwa 2018 nhai

Jah­čç┐­čç╝Tsvarie-07 1┬ámonth ago

Unnecessary attention from the west...


Machiavelli 1 month ago

ZANU is running scared, and boxing shadows.

Eish, ndokupererwa uku.

#ShutdownZimbabwe on May 9.


Tang. Ku 1 month ago

Mutemo rudzii unongosunga vanhu vari related to CCC but Zanupf inoita macases akawanda but no arrested why? Where is God ?is he there?


Dolflix 1 month ago

Can you question the existence of God? Surely you know he is there and he will judge in favour of the faithful.


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