MISA-Zimbabwe slams overzealous MDC security for harassing journalist
By Staff Reporter
THE Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa-Zimbabwe) has condemned Tuesday’s harassment of journalist Robert Tapfumaneyi by MDC security during party President Nelson Chamisa’s State of The Nation Address in Mbare, Harare.
Tapfumaneyi, a cameraman and videographer with Sly Media TV, was covering the event.
He was however manhandled by overzealous MDC security, losing his car keys in the process.
In a statement Wednesday, MISA slammed what it described as barbarism by MDC security.
“MISA-Zimbabwe condemns in the strongest terms possible the barbarism exhibited by the MDC A security details more so as it comes on the backdrop of similar incidences against journalists by the party’s supporters in the run-up to last year’s general elections.
“The party should keep their security details on a short leash and above all educate them in particular and supporters generally on the lawfulness of journalism as a profession which is enshrined and protected under section 61 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which provides for freedom of the press.
“The party should conduct its own internal investigations into these unlawful and shameful acts that pose a great risk to the safety of journalists undertaking their legal and professional duties.”
The MDC has since apologised to Tapfumaneyi for the behaviour by its security.