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Journalism not a crime-MISA

By Staff Reporter

Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) has called for investigation into the threats that Home Affairs Minister Kazembe Kazembe’s hit man Isheanesu “Chief Saunyama ” Dzimbiti allegedly made on Freelance journalist Simbarashe Sithole.

In a statement MISA said the case between Simbarashe Sithole a renowned freelance journalist with Newsday and Bulawayo 24 was transferred from Mvurwi to Bindura law and order where Sithole appeared yesterday for statement recording and called for thorough investigation and end of habitual infringement of the freedoms of the press.

Below is a statement by MISA
Freelance journalist Simbarashe Sithole appeared at Bindura Police Law and Order Section on 13 June 2022 for the recording of his statement following an initial report he filed in Mvurwi after he reportedly received threats over a story he wrote.

On 7 June 2022 Sithole filed a report with the police following alleged threats and harassment by Isheanesu Dzimbiti (aka Chief Saunyama), over a story he wrote on alleged corruption in Minister of Home Affairs Honourable Kazembe Kazembe’s Mazowe West constituency.

Following his initial report, the matter was then transferred to Bindura on 8 June 2022 and investigations are currently underway.

MISA’s position
“The police should thoroughly investigate the matter and ensure the law takes its course as part of efforts towards ending impunity for crimes against journalists.”

The issue follows threats that the freelance journalist faced following a fall out with the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe that culminated in threats from the Legislator and alleged runner Ishaenesu Dzimbiti.

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