Masvingo journalist charged for taking pictures

Police have charged journalist Wilson Maphosa with criminal nuisance after he was arrested on Wednesday while taking pictures of houses that had been allegedly burnt down by police at Roy Business Centre in Masvingo.

Although police were not immediately available for comment, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) said in a media alert that police confiscated Maphosa’s camera and press accreditation card during the arrest.

Wezhira Community Radio station manager Micah Zinduru has since been called for questioning by officers from the Criminal Investigation Department in Masvingo in connection with the matter.

Maphosa works for the same community radio initiative.

The recent months have seen an increased police crackdown on journalists.

On Wednesday, Alpha Media Holdings online reporter Tapiwa Zivira was assaulted and detained for four hours by Harare police for recording a video of police beating up touts and bystanders during an operation to arraign touts in Harare’s central business district.

In August, The Zimbabwe Mail photographer Angela Jimu was beaten up while photographing an MDC-T protest and last month, another The Zimbabwe Mail online editor Privilege Musvanhiri was harassed and assaulted by municipal police officers while filming the harassment of vendors in Harare.

A Zimpapers photojournalist, Justin Mutenda, was also recently stripped naked by State intelligence operatives at Harare International Airport while covering the departure of the Bangladesh national cricket team from Zimbabwe.

11 Comments

  1. @Newsday, your biased reports leaves a lot 2 be desired. If the Police burnt houses for sure, you could have explained why they burnt those hses. Your reporting is jst the same as that of the Herald, bt you jst differ in political affiliation.

    1. Asylum, learn to read. They wrote “allegedly”. Next time research before you a fool of yourself on the internet.

    2. GOOD ADVICE: do something for yourself, for your family. Don’t waste your time talking about these already rich politicians while other people are enjoying their lives with money without even paying attention to these dirty politicians. See how this poor South African woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accidented vehicles. Very interesting. Go to ACCIDENTEDVEHICLES dott COM to see all these 5 companies that she was using to do this. ACCIDENTEDVEHICLES dott COM , Wake up African people

  2. Pondo mbiri dzine chumi

    The issue is not about burnt house, and the reason for burning the house. As the headline says, its about the photojournalist being arrested. If you want the story of the houses being burnt, look into other issues of the same paper. It has been reported earlier. Kwana.

  3. Vana Asylum-wo futi……..? Inga zvikoro zvakawanda wani? Fundai mukwanise kunzvera mapepa aya zvine udzamu.

  4. my friend’s mom makes $88 /hr on the internet . She has been without work for nine months but last month her payment was $12290 just working on the internet for a few hours.
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  5. DJ MAP yes . that struggle you started in Duma. And those celebrations on the arboted victory that year can not be in vain. Hona chingo
    ma choririsa ichi kkkk. choda kuparuka.

  6. If journalists are harassed and physically assaulted whilst doing their job or have their tools of trade taken, how are we going to get the news?

    Abuse of power in our name should not be tolerated. Zimbabwe Republic Police not Zimbabwe Police for the Republic.

  7. If someone is doing his job rightfully and ethically,why then are they afraid of being put behind the camera for everyone to see how they do their job.I think something has to be done on the part of the media practitioners.Continually saying that they are harassed is not enough,but something MUST be done now.Bcz we cannot have a government without newspapers,but we can have newspapers without a gvt.

  8. ngaakiiiwe anotora police ma photos ashaya zvekutora here,,,zvokuita zvakawanda kwete kutora zim police ma photos xaaaaa unomama

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