IPI COVID-19 Press Freedom Tracker

Amid the spread of COVID-19, the free flow of news and information is more essential than ever.
IPI‘s COVID-19 Tracker is monitoring attacks on journalists and the press worldwide linked to the pandemic.

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Press freedom violations linked to COVID-19

COVID-19 Alerts

30.07.2020
1 case

Zimbabwean journalist’s home raided in crackdown ahead of protests

Africa: Zimbabwe
Arrest/charges: Criminal investigation/charges
20.07.2020
1 case

Zimbabwe journalist arrested for exposing corruption in COVID-19 related government procurement.

Africa: Zimbabwe
Arrest/charges: Arrest/detention under other laws
23.05.2020
2 cases

Tow journalists jailed in Zimbabwe for violating COVID-19 restrictions

Zimbabwe
Arrest/charges: Arrest/detention under other laws
15.05.2020
2 cases

Newsday journalist in Zimbabwe arrested and charged with violating COVID-19 restrictions

Zimbabwe
Arrest/charges: Arrest/detention under other laws
11.04.2020
1 case

Journalist arrested after writing hard-hitting article on Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe
Arrest/charges: Arrest/detention under other laws
11.04.2020
1 case

Freelance journalist briefly detained by police in Zimbabwe while reporting on 21-day lockdown

Zimbabwe
Arrest/charges: Arrest/detention under other laws
11.04.2020
1 case

Freelance journalist reportedly assaulted by police in Zimbabwe while reporting on 21-day lockdown

Zimbabwe
Verbal, online or physical attack: Physical attack by authorities
08.04.2020
1 case

TellZim journalist arrested by police for violating lockdown

Zimbabwe
Arrest/charges: Arrest/detention under other laws
04.04.2020
1 case

Harare journalist assaulted by police, forced to delete video footage

Zimbabwe
Verbal, online or physical attack: Physical attack by authorities
02.04.2020
1 case

Zimbabwe journalist arrested for failing to produce proper accreditation credentials

Zimbabwe
Arrest/charges: Arrest/detention under other laws
31.03.2020
1 case

Trainee journalist arrested in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe
Arrest/charges: Arrest/detention under other laws
30.03.2020
1 case

Gweru journalist arrested during lockdown

Zimbabwe
Arrest/charges: Arrest/detention under other laws

This database was built with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom: European Dialogue.

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