IFJ Raises Serious Concerns Over The Security of Journalists Ahead of July Polls in Zimbabwe

The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) today has expressed serious concerns on the security of

journalists in Zimbabwe ahead of the July presidential election. 

The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ),

an IFJ affiliate has documented several cases of attacks against journalists

and press freedom. “We call on authorities in Zimbabwe to protect journalists

and promote press freedom as guaranteed by the country’s Constitution,” said

Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa Director. “Journalists must not be sacrificed by

political groups during the upcoming polls”.

These elections are crucial for the

country’s stability and are due to take place on July 31, though the opposition

wants them in August.

On 7 May 2013 Dumisani Muleya, editor of

the Zimbabwe Independent and reporter

Owen Gagare were arrested and charged with publishing falsehoods. They were

released from police custody but rejected the charges against them.

This was followed in June by the brief

detention of journalist Mashudu Netsianda, reporter for the

state-owned Chronicle, and the attack against journalists Herbert Moyo, and

Bernard Mapwanyire.

On June 14, non identified

men abducted Paul Pindani, a freelance journalist. ZUJ said that the freelance

journalist’s attackers were wearing masks when they were committing the


The IFJ believes that all the motives of

these attacks are political and closely related to the upcoming elections.

“These attacks must be investigated and their perpetrators brought to court”,

Baglo added.

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contact IFJ on + 221 33 867 95 86/87

The IFJ represents more than 600.000

journalists in 134 countries