Zanu PF youths pounce on vendor, tear NewsDay copies

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A GROUP of Zanu PF youths yesterday pounced on a newspaper vendor and tore 17 copies of NewsDay, accusing the paper of writing negatively about the ruling party.

BY STAFF REPORTER

NewsDay is published by the biggest private newspaper group in the country, Alpha Media Holdings (AMH). AMH are also publishers of The Zimbabwe Independent, Southern Eye and The Standard.

The youths were on their way to the City Sports Centre to attend the launch of a $10 million revolving government fund when they grabbed the copies from Antony Giriya before tearing them.

Zimbabwe Union of Journalists secretary-general Foster Dongozi condemned the continued attack on the media.

“That is a reflection of the intolerance that is being exhibited across the country whether it is by politicians, government or influential people,” he said.

He said the recent attacks on media by politicians were unwarranted because some people would take that as an instruction or greenlight to do whatever they wanted on the media.

“When senior people within an establishment begin to attack journalists, you will build polarisation, a toxic environment. We condemn such actions and urge politicians to speak the language of tolerance, nation-building and not cause mayhem. Politicians need to be responsible because they have people who follow them,” Dongozi said.