THE Zimbabwe National Editors Forum (Zinef) has condemned the brutal attack on NewsDay reporter Blessed Mhlanga allegedly by a group of soldiers clad in civilian clothes while covering the goings-on at the census training exercise in Kwekwe.
Zinef chair Brian Mangwende said the forum viewed the attack as part of continued acts to harass and intimidate journalists.
“We will not stand by while colleagues are assaulted by rogue elements that the police should put behind bars to preserve public order and security,” said Mangwende.
“The harassment cannot go unchallenged and Zinef calls upon the authorities to bring to book those responsible for trampling on the rights of journalists and the public at large because Zimbabweans have the right to access information in order to make informed choices.”
He said police had a duty to enforce the rule of law without fear or favour. — Staff Writer.