The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) has called on the authorities of Zimbabwe to ensure the safety of two journalists shot and seriously wounded during Friday 29 September Harare demonstrations and admitted to the hospital.
According to media reports, the two journalists were injured by the police on Friday in the crackdown on protesters. The two journalists of the private Daily News, Mugove Tafirenyika and Brighton Goko were shot with rubber bullets, and were admitted to a private clinic in Harare and are on intensive care.
“The Zimbabwe Government should create a conducive environment for the free and safe exercise of journalism in the country, the police shooting at demonstration is uncalled for.” said Abdulwaheed Odusile, President of FAJ.
According to Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ), it is believed that the journalists were hit by some pellets that were fired indiscriminately. ZUJ officials led by Secretary General Foster Dongozi visited the colleagues late on Friday but were unable to talk to the journalists who were receiving delicate medical attention.
ZUJ condemned the police shooting for targeting journalists while doing their work. "The attacks against journalists have become an epidermic as we are witnessing a lot of blood letting."
The FAJ reiterate the call to President Robert Gabriel Mugabe to prevail on his government to allow journalists to operate freely in the country as outlined by the African Union in the Declaration of principles of freedom of expression in Africa.
The FAJ represents 50,000 journalists in Africa