Journalist hospitalised after police assault

By Staff Writer

A ZIMBABWEAN journalist has been left hospitalised after he was
allegedly assaulted by Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) members on Tuesday 12 December 2018 while carrying out his professional duties.

ZRP members reportedly assaulted Panashe Makufa of Mail & Telegraph, an online newspaper, after arresting and detaining him together with Hubert
Sithole aged 27 years as they conducted their professional duties in
the capital city.

Makufa aged 22 years sustained injuries on his body after he was
allegedly assaulted by the truncheon wielding police officers.

The journalists, who were detained at Harare Central Police Station
for two hours, were released following the intervention of Kudzayi
Kadzere of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, who offered emergency
legal support services to the media practitioners.
The duo was released without charge but the ZRP members confiscated
and smashed their camera and Kadzere is making frantic efforts to
retrieve it.