Victories and Violations


Police Arrest Post Newspaper Editor in Chief and two others; newspaper remains closed

Police Arrest Post Newspaper Editor in Chief and two others; newspaper remains closed

Police have arrested Post Editor-in-Chief Fred M’membe, his wife Mutinta and Deputy-Managing Editor Joseph Mwenda as they attempted to access the newspaper’s offices following an ex-parte order which Police disregarded saying it was not signed by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA). The order, issued by the Revenue Appeals Tribunal stayed the execution of a warrant of distress issued by the revenue authority on Tuesday, 21st...

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MISA ZAMBIA SADDENED BY ZRA CLOSURE OF THE POST NEWSPAPER

MISA ZAMBIA SADDENED BY ZRA CLOSURE OF THE POST NEWSPAPER

MISA Zambia is concerned with the closure of The Post Newspaper by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) as the action is an assault to democracy and against media freedom. The Zambia Revenue Authority on Tuesday 21st June, 2016 closed The Post Newspaper Limited, demanding that the company pays a total of K68 million (US$6.1 million) disputed tax arrears immediately. Closing the Post will not punish...

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Zambia’s The Post newspaper shut down ahead of elections

Zambia’s The Post newspaper shut down ahead of elections

The Zambia Revenue Authority on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, raided The Post newspaper and reportedly seized property at the newspaper’s printing plant bringing the paper’s operations to a halt.  This was confirmed by the managing editor Joseph Mwenda. He called the move an attempt to silence the newspaper ahead of August elections. Police and tax officials physically closed the Post newspaper’s offices in Lusaka late...

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ZAMBIA: VICTORY FOR THE POST CORRESPONDENT, FELL FREE RADIO

ZAMBIA: VICTORY FOR THE POST CORRESPONDENT, FELL FREE RADIO

The Vubwi magistrate’s court has found PF Vubwi district Chairperson Micheal Tembo guilty of assaulting Chipata-based Post Newspaper correspondent Peter Sukwa and his Fell Free Radio counterpart Kelvin Phiri. Passing judgement in Chipata on June 20, 2016, Magistrate Moses Phiri fined Tembo K 12, 000 or in default serve nine months sentence. The magistrate gave Tembo only yesterday (Monday) to pay the fine or to...

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Patriotic Front Cadres attack Zambia’s Petauke Explorers Radio

Patriotic Front Cadres attack Zambia’s Petauke Explorers Radio

A group of suspected ruling Patriotic Front cadres on June 13, 2016, allegedly harassed and beat up Petauke Explorers Radio security officer Joseph Nyumayo and threatened to close the station. The cadres (leader’s name withheld) stormed the radio station around 16h30 on Monday and allegedly harassed and beat up Joseph Nyamuyo a Security officer for refusing them entry into the studio to fish out Petauke Central independent...

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ZIMBABWE: Zanu PF youths assault journalist

ZIMBABWE: Zanu PF youths assault journalist

Albert Masaka a journalist with the weekly Standard newspaper was on 18 June 2016 reportedly assaulted by ruling Zanu PF youths who were on the rampage in Harare’s dormitory town of Chitungwiza. According to the Standard, the youths, armed with stones and sticks, slapped and kicked Masaka before taking his bag and other valuables. Members of the riot police rescued him from the assault resulting...

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New charges against Beitbridge journalist

New charges against Beitbridge journalist

Journalist Wellington Mukanhaire has been summoned by the State to appear in court yet again but on different charges following his February 2016 arrest in Zimbabwe’s southern border town of Beitbridge. Mukanhaire was initially charged with contravention of Section 83 (1) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) which criminalised practicing journalism without accreditation. However,  the charges were withdrawn before plea...

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MISA Angola appeals for increased monitoring, support for free expression in Angola

MISA Angola appeals for increased monitoring, support for free expression in Angola

(Portuguese) On May 15 2016, a General of the Angolan Armed Forces and head of the Military Intelligence and Security Service labelled Rafael Marques “the enemy of Angola” and made an ‘ominous’ call on his subordinates for what he termed as “treatment as such” against journalist and human rights defender Rafael Marques de Morais. [General] Zé Maria was speaking to a group of 100 officers,...

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MISA Namibia condemns detention of Japanese journalists; confiscation of footage, equipment

MISA Namibia condemns detention of Japanese journalists; confiscation of footage, equipment

MISA Namibia strongly condemns the detention, questioning and confiscation of equipment belonging to journalists Motoi Araki and David Bush at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Friday, 15 April. Bush and Motoi were in Windhoek to investigate the existence of a munitions factory built by North Korean labourers for Japan’s biggest television network Asahi. Their detention happened approximately two hours after they interviewed Deputy Prime...

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