The Sports Journalists Association (SPOJA) has expressed its dissatisfaction following the action by the Premier Soccer League to deny members of the fourth estate a chance to conduct post match interviews at Ascot Stadium in Gweru.
By SportBrief Reporter
In a press statement released recently, SPOJA chairman Ian Zvoma said the situation is apparently going out of hand as journalists are being denied their rights to deliver their duties.
“It has come to my attention that media practitioners were denied the chance to conduct post match interviews by the PSL at Ascot. This is fast becoming a trend in local football and that cannot be tolerated,” Zvoma said.
Zvoma also said as the association is going to lodge an official complaint to the local league regulator as they expect an apology from PSL.
“SPOJA is therefore going to write an official complaint to the PSL and we expect an apology and assurance that it will not happen again in future.”
One active member of the association concurred with the chairman saying, “That’s the way to go as some of these officials boast saying ‘let’s meet tomorrow for the interviews’.”
Spoja is an association compromised of all local sports journalists.
The incident took place in Gweru where FC platinum were crowned 2017 Castle Larger after edging Chapungu FC by two goals to nil courtesy of goals from Chinyengetere and Sadiki.
This is not the first time an incident of such nature has occurred with journalists having on several times been denied chances to execute their duties and in some cases receiving ill-treatment. In another latest incident, members of Spoja had to fight to gain entry into the highly publicized exhibition match between the Barcelona legends and the Warriors legends.
These are some of the issues that Spoja has voiced its concern and is saying needs to be corrected to create a conducive environment for the journalists.