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Journalist's case is withdrawn

By unknown | Dec 06, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

The case against a radio journalist arrested at an accident scene was struck off the roll due to lack of evidence when he appeared in the Lenasia magistrate's court yesterday

Azhar Vadi, who works for Radio Islam in Lenasia, Johannesburg, was arrested on Tuesday with a colleague when he tried to take pictures of a police truck that had overturned.

He said he was harassed by the officers although he identified himself as a journalist.

"One of them grabbed my cellphone as I was trying to take pictures and told me I was not allowed to do that.

"They became aggressive and instructed us to leave," said Vadi.

He said his cellphone was grabbed and searched for pictures so they could be deleted.

"Because there were no pictures of the accident, the cop started to view pictures of my wife. My religion does not allow other men to see my wife's face. I was humiliated," said Vadi.

He was arrested and charged with interfering with police work and resisting arrest.

He said his voice recorder was also wiped off at Lenasia police station. Vadi said it was disturbing that the police would behave like that.

The South African National Editors Forum yesterday welcomed the withdrawal of the case and called for disciplinary action against the officers who had arrested Vadi.


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