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The Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda, says he will investigate the incident where security officials ordered journalists to switch off their cellphones and cameras during a parliamentary session on 18 February 2015.

Journalists were reportedly ordered by security officials to switch off their cellphones as opposition MPs protested the absence of several Cabinet ministers during the question and answer session.

Mudenda gave the assurance after the issue had been raised by Mabvuku MP James Maridadi, who said the order contravened section 62 of the Constitution, which protects the right of citizens and the media to access information.

The Speaker said he would convene a meeting with the affected journalists on 24 February 2015 to find out what happened. “I am going to investigate the matter and find out what happened and it will be good if I have journalists as witnesses, especially those who were victims of this incident,” he said.

Source : Media Institute of Southern Africa