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First Lady of Zimbabwe bars private media from covering her tour

What happened

Zimbabwe’s First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa on 24 April 2023 reportedly barred journalists from the private media from covering her tour of the Museum of African Liberation in Harare.

According to NewsDay in its edition of 25 April 2023, her security aides said only journalists from the State media were allowed to cover the event.

Meanwhile, a BUSTOP TV news crew said they faced challenges in Epworth, Harare, on 22 April 2023 where President Emmerson Mnangagwa was handing over title deeds to residents of the area.

MISA Zimbabwe is on record saying journalists should be allowed to cover public events without any hindrance, regardless of the media houses they work for because this enhances citizens’ access to information.

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