Email a Friend
Zimbabwe reporters prepare for elections
The Union of Journalists is not taking any chances when it comes to its reporter safety.
ZIMBABWE - President Robert Mugabe still hasn’t set a date for elections.
But one group, the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ), is not taking any chances.
ZUJ is organising safety training for reporters.
ZUJ at the weekend said local reporters need to know how to manage the risks that come with reporting on elections Zimbabwe.
Press reports say this is to be a nationwide training programme that will focus on first-aid and other safety issues.
At least 200 people were killed during the last Zimbabwe elections, though it’s not thought that any reporters were among them.
Union leader Foster Dongozi said election time is not business as usual for reporters in the country.
His reporters have told journalism students at Harare’s Polytechnic College that reports had to be aware they could be raped, injured or even killed and they needed to know how to minimise the risks they expose themselves to.
Zimbabwe dropped 12 places on the World Press Freedom Index this year to number 133 out of 179 countries.
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)
Russian jets pound Aleppo as fighting rages inside city
China paper says US, South Korea will 'pay the price' for planned missile system
Police release videos of officer shooting California man
Sons of 'El Chapo' likely behind deadly ambush in Mexico
Syrian rescue worker breaks down while cradling baby girl pulled from rubble
Trump goes on offensive against former beauty queen, Clinton calls him unhinged