The MDC calls for an end to persecution of human rights defenders
The MDC calls for an immediate end to the continued persecution and arrests
of journalists and civic society members across the country by State
security agents. This follows today’s arrest of Media Monitoring Project of
Zimbabwe (MMPZ) Director Andrew Moyse at his Milton Park offices in Harare.
On Sunday, three officials from MMPZ – Fadzai December, Molly Chimhanda and
Gilbert Mabusa were arrested in Gwanda for facilitating a civic education
meeting in the town last month. They are still in police custody.
They are being charged under the repressive Public Order and Security Act
(POSA), an Act which should be repealed.
The MDC expresses revulsion over the continued arrests, detention and
persecution of journalists at a time when the country is supposed to be
working hard to open up space for freedom of expression, assembly and
The MDC once again urges the police to be professional and not to be abused
by any political party. It is sad to note that the arrests of the three MMPZ
officials follow that of four other journalists who have recently been
arrested on the instructions of Zanu PF officials.
The Daily News editor, Stanley Gama and reporter Xolisani Ncube were
arrested last week on the instructions of Zanu PF’s Minister of Local
Government, Rural and Urban Development, Ignatius Chombo. They were charged
with criminal defamation after exposing Chombo’s ill-gotten wealth.
Last month, Nevanji Madanhire, the editor of The Standard and reporter Nqaba
Matshazi were arrested after reporting that a medical aid owned by a Zanu PF
sympathiser was collapsing. As a party, the MDC is worried that any
opinions, analysis, news reports or meetings that are not pro Zanu PF
suddenly become matters of interest to the police and innocent people are
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