Zimbabwe journalists ordered to delete photos of VP collapsing at rally

Journalists cover a political rally in August 2023 in Harare, Zimbabwe. [VOA]

Tabani Moyo, head of the Media Institute of Southern Africa, agreed, saying, "A story of that nature is of national interest. For them to round up journalists and request them to delete footage of a situation of a public figure who has collapsed in front of a rally, I think it is unfortunate."

Five days later, there is still no news on Mohadi's condition, or even an acknowledgement from government sources that he might be unwell.

Contacted by VOA, both Zanu-PF officials and Jenfan Muswere, Zimbabwe's minister of information, refused to comment on the incident.

Perfect Hlongwane, secretary general of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, called the incident a "sad and unfortunate violation."

"It is not just a violation of journalistic rights, but it is also a violation of the constitution itself," Hlongwane said. "We want to call on government officials to say that they must actually be in the forefront to ensure that the constitution itself is upheld."

Speaking Wednesday, First Vice President Constantino Chiwenga did not comment on Mohadi's collapse but said Zimbabwe respects all human rights and freedoms.

Chiwenga made his comments at a rally against sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe in the early 2000s by the United States and the European Union on grounds of election rigging and human rights abuses.