ZimRights Calls on the Human Rights Community to Stand Up Against Capitalk 100.4 FM For Violation of Human Rights
The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) condemns the violation of human rights by Capitalk 100.4 FM.
On 25 June 2020, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum) held a sponsored radio programme on Capitalk 100.4 FM on Torture and Ending Impunity. The programme featured the Forum’s Chairperson and torture survivor Jestina Mukoko, Counseling Services Unit Executive Director Dr. Frances Lovemore, NTJWG Thematic Leader for Survivors of Political Violence, as well as the ZimRights National Director Dzikamai Bere. While the programme was live on air, the studio was invaded by a male person, whose name or role could not be ascertained at the time of compiling this statement.The invader started verbally abusing the show host, asking him why he had brought people to talk about torture on radio. The clearly angry invader did not give the host time to explain as he went on an unrestricted verbal attack. Without any warning, the radio programme was terminated as chaos took over the studio.
We were to learn later that the Capitalk 100.4 FM station manager Nyaradzo Makombe was suspended for allowing the anti-torture show. The Chairperson of the Zimpapers Group, Pikirai Deketeke in a statement alleged that the programme was not balanced.