The petition, signed by journalists from both private and state media, pressured the inclusive government to ensure a cessation of all harassment, intimidation, illegal detention and criminalisation of the work of journalists, media practitioners and media houses.
It cited the continued detention of The Standard journalist Nqobani Ndlovu currently detained at Khami Remand Prison. Ndlovu has been in jail since his arrest last week over a story alleging that police froze annual promotional exams to cater for the readmission of war veterans and retired officers into its ranks in preparation for elections next year.
The petition was also directed to Prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Co-Ministers of Home Affairs Kembo Mohadi and Theresa Makone, Speaker of Parliament of Zimbabwe, Lovemore Moyo and President of the Senate Edna Madzongwe.
“It is our humble plea and submission that the Parliament of Zimbabwe should take a leading role and act as a catalyst towards implementation of repressive media laws which curtails freedom of expression,” noted the petition.
“We urge the government of Zimbabwe to immediately repeal all repressive laws affecting media practice such as AIPPA, POSA, the Interception of Communications Act, Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act and The Official Secrets Act.“
Zuma is expected in Zimbabwe on Friday to try and solve the current political probelms facing the inclusive government.
Tsvangirai has gone to court over the appointment of governors and ambassadors which were done recently without his consultation.