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Police assault 3 journalists at MDC office

by Mandla Ndlovu
20 Nov 2019 at 15:15hrs | Views
The Media Institute of Southern Africa has reported that three journalists were assaulted by police at the MDC Alliance HQ in Harare, Zimbabwe where leader Nelson Chamisa was scheduled to give his  Hope of the Nation Address on Wednesday.

According to MISA the journalists are with online publication OpenParly and Community Radio Harare (CORAH).

OpenParly's Daniel Chigundu is said to have told MISA Zimbabwe that he was assaulted at MDC Alliance headquarters, also known as Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House, together with his colleague who is also an intern with the publication, Loreen Tadzingwa while live-streaming the proceedings.

Ranganai Zimunya of CORAH, which is a community radio initiative, was also similarly assaulted, despite displaying his accreditation card.

The journalists were assaulted as the police started dispersing people that had gathered at the MDC Alliance headquarters.

According to Chigundu, their pleas that they were journalists were ignored by the police.

The police heavily descended on the journalists and the MDC supporters after Nelson Chamisa entered the office and the supporters remained outside singing.

Earlier the police had told Chamisa's Spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda to disperse their supporters from the CBD.

The police had banned Chamisa's event on through a letter delivered on Tuesday.

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Source - Byo24News