Journalist Attacked By Prison Officer [press release]

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Tuesday 5 August 2014, The Voice Journalist Chenjelani Baraedi was attacked by a prison officer for taking photographs of a man accused of raping two women in Francistown.
The incident took place outside the Francistown Magistrate court. Baraedi narrated his ordeal to MISA Botswana. He said while he was on duty trying to take pictures, the prison officer charged and pushed him before he threatened to confiscate his camera. Baraedi mourns that he never took the pictures he intended to because of this disturbance. He then reported the matter to Prison authorities. The authorities affirmed that there is nothing wrong with taking pictures as long as one is outside court and not disturbing prison officers from executing their duties. Baraedi told MISA Botswana the prison officer apologised after he failed to manipulate his boss. Fortunately Baraedi was not injured but missed an opportunity to take a picture that could have been used to tell a story.
MISA Botswana chairperson Modise Maphanyane condemned the Prison officer’s behaviour describing it as “uncalled for”. He said some officials who are entrusted with authority still do not understand the role of media and its responsibilities in society. Maphanyane called upon authorities to take action against such behaviour.

Source : Media Institute of Southern Africa

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