Police trash anti-harassment petition, detain journalists
Journalists from the private press marched on Monday to the Harare Central Police Station to hand over a petition against their harassment following the attack on on media house’s journalists last week in Harare CBD.
To their shock, when the scribes arrived at the police station, their petition was reportedly torn in front of them, tossed into a litter bin right as they watched, before they were detained.
The petitions were marked: STOP ATTACKS ON MEDIA.
Writing on Twitter, human rights lawyer Doug Coltart said: “Today Zimbabwean journalists marched to Harare Central Police station to hand over a petition against police harrassment of journalists following an attack on
@263Chat’s offices last week. Their petition was torn up in front of them & now they’re detained!”
263Chat journalist, Lovejoy Mtongwiza, who is a victim of police brutality wrote: “So when we took our petition to @PoliceZimbabwe Harare Central Police Station, one of the police officers tore our petitions and threw them in the bin. We are simply trying to reason with the police but they are being hostile.”
Commenting on the incident, activist and cleric Evan Mawarire said: “The madness of this is that the police are the very people who swore to uphold and defend the rule of law yet daily they are at the forefront of molesting the most basic tenets of our constitution.”