Journalist Threatened Over Land Grab Stories

Ellen Mlambo, editor of Chipinge Times has reportedly been receiving threats over “land grab” stories she is covering.

According to the chief editor of Masvingo Mirror, Nkulumani Mlambo, initially, the threats allegedly came from government officials for allegedly covering their offices negatively.

Some of the threatening messages reportedly sent to Mlambo include:

  • Take care of your own safety.
  • Leave land issue alone.
  • Is Ellen safe?
  • Batsirai Ellen Mlambo asaitiswa (Help Ellen so that she is not used)
  • Your reports on land issues are sensitive and you can get into trouble for that.

Mlambo condemned the misogynistic threats directed towards Ellen, saying national laws allow journalists to carry out their lawful activities with hindrance. He said:

We wish to state categorically that (Ellen) Mlambo’s duties as a journalist are protected by the highest laws of this country and as such threats of physical harm or otherwise are totally uncalled for.

Matters are not any better for (Ellen) Mlambo because she is a female journalist.

More: MISA Zimbabwe

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