NUJ condemns the arrest and harassment of the president of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, Dumisani Sibanda
The National Union of Journalists (UK) has condemned the arrest of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) President, Dumisani Sibanda. He has been arrested today for writing an article about the police force.
This follows on from the recent arrest and harassment of other journalists, Nkosana Dlamini and Andreson Manyere in Harare and Sydney Saize who was beaten up, robbed and injured in Mutare.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ Deputy General Secretary said:
"The NUJ has worked closely with Dumisani Sibanda and we demand his immediate release. We are seeing an increase in arrests and harassment of journalists and we fear the situation will get worse in the run up to the elections in 2011.
“Journalists in Zimbabwe have repeatedly been harassed, intimidated, beaten and jailed – simply for doing their job and keeping the public properly informed. Journalists should be able to work without fear of detention and arrest. We will do all we can to help our brave colleagues in the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists to stand up to this fresh wave of attacks.”
Foster Dongozi, Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) General Secretary and President of the Southern Africa Journalists Association (SAJA) and ZUJ executive member Jennifer Dube will be visiting the UK to take part in an NUJ speaker tour starting this weekend, more details on the NUJ website: