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BULAWAYO mayor, councilor Martin Moyo Saturday warned local municipal police officers to desist from harassing journalists while carrying out their duties.

Addressing journalists at the belated World Press Freedom day commemorations at the Bulawayo Press Club, the mayor said his council values press freedom and is against the harassment of journalists.

The mayor’s remarks follow incidences where two city journalists were manhandled by municipal police while carrying out their duties.

Bulawayo journalist, Crispen Tabvura, early this year dragged three municipal police officers to court for allegedly stealing his broadcasting equipment and for damaging his digital camera during a scuffle that ensued after he was caught filming the cops as they illegally raided vendors.

Another journalist, Tapfuma Machakaire was also last year arrested and briefly detained by the police officers for taking photos at a public place.

“Journalists should not be harassed while carrying out their duties. I was not aware that municipal police officers are accused of harassing journalists. We are going to investigate these issues and let me assure you that we will fire all those people convicted or implicated in such issues” he said.

Speaking at the same function, Chronicle assistant editor, Innocent Madonko, mourned the closure of newspapers in the country.

“The closure of newspapers is close to my heart. Some of my colleagues are now out in the streets because of the closure of the newspapers. Newspaper viability is the biggest challenge facing the media in Zimbabwe at the moment,” said Madonko.

Early this year, The Zimbabwe Mail owned by transport minister Obert Mpofu closed while another daily newspaper The Southern Eye also folded last month.

Source : New Zimbabwe