MDC-T youths allegedly harassed senior Herald reporter Zvamaida Murwira and freelance journalist Anna Chibamu at the party headquarters during a press conference to confirm Advocate Nelson Chamisa as the party President.
Journalists who attended the meeting reported to MISA Zimbabwe that the environment was intimidating and uncomfortable for the press to ask questions. Murwira questioned why the party was not holding a congress to decide its leadership. Chibamu made a follow up question, which angered the party leadership and structures who were in attendance. At the end of the press conference, the youths allegedly manhandled and shoved Murwira and Chibamu and accused them of pushing an anti-Chamisa agenda. The journalists managed to escape without sustaining injuries.
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MISA Zimbabwe criticised the MDC-T leadership for not restraining its supporters from harassing the journalists. They also urged MDC-T and all political parties to desist from the habit of inviting their structures and supporters to press conferences since this has a chilling effect on the media because of the intimidating atmosphere that is created.
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