Cape Town - Zimbabwe police yesterday arrested and briefly
detained two correspondents of the South African Broadcasting Corporation
(SABC) for allegedly shooting video of an open space where the MDC held its
final rally before the 31 July elections, a report said on Tuesday.
According to News Day, Harare lawyer Mupanga Bhatasara
confirmed the incident and identified the journalists as Shingi Nyoka and
cameraman Ephert Musekiwa.
He said the scribes were initially detained at Milton Park
and transferred to Harare Central Police Station’s Law and Order Section before
their release almost two-and-a-half hours later.
"They were released after the police at Harare Central
Police Station correctly observed that the
area the SABC correspondents were filming was not a protected area," Bhatasara
"They are correspondents with the appropriate media accreditation and what happened to some
extent is a form of harassment and an unwarranted inconvenience to people
lawfully doing their work."
The arrests come as police have reportedly launched a
manhunt for two British journalists Jerome Starkey and Jan Raath in connection
with a story implying that Zimbabwe signed a secret deal to export uranium to Iran for the manufacture of nuclear