Freedom of Expression Tracker: Threatened

Threatened – Includes threats from public officials, death threats, various forms of harassment (such as veiled warnings, threats of action, interference in editorial processes, cyber attacks, raids and forcibly occupying a home or office), or journalists being questioned or interrogated on their sources. We report the number of media workers or media organisations involved in the incident.


A Newsday reporter was threatened with death by a College Principal  after questioning him regarding allegations of a leaked ZIMSEC Geography paper amongst students, prior to writing the exam. ZIMSEC was allegedly withlding the college's O Level Geography results pending further investigations.


George Charamba, spokesperson to President Robert Mugabe, threatens private media after a reporter asked him to comment on the contract status of Zimbabwean Defence Forces commander, General Constantine Chiwenga.


The Post Newspaper is considered the leading privately owned daily newspaper in Zambia and carries critical, dissenting views. It has previously been censured and threatened with closure by the government. The editor is currently facing charges under the State Security Act for ‘Publication of Classified Information’ after the newspaper published an article which quoted a letter from the ...


The president and State House Press Officers remarks follow after media reports criticized the president on his return from the United Nations General Assembly. Mutharika’s trip included a large entourage, chartering of a private jet and high levels of expenditure, all of which was questionable in tmes of economic difficulties that the country is faced with.  


The private media recently have been publishing articles discrediting the First family. An article in the Daily News yesterday included a story with a headline reading, “Resign now, Mugabe told,” based on an illegal demonstration held by MDC-T youths. The same edition published a story titled: “Grace allies go for Mutsvangwa,” in attempts to discredit the First Family and the party ...


The previous week, Radio Phoenix presenter Christine Ngwisha was fired in unclear circumstances after she hosted the Information Minister on a popular talk show-Let the People talk. The dismissal fuelled speculations in several media circles.   Previously, under late President Michael Sata’s rule, Radio phoenix has its nationwide license withdrawn a few days after it was granted through then ...


first Lady Grace Mugabe attacks private media with accusations of provoking conflict within Zanu PF based upon drivel reporting.



The Post newspaper has previously been harassed on State Security charges, despite the information being of no threat to national security or public interest. The charges have been based upon an arbitrary clause of publication of Classified Information Post proprietor Fred Mmembe and one of his reporters Mukosha Funga, were recently arrested on a similar charge of publication of a ...


The Daily Times of Monday 26 January 2015 quotes Kadadzera as saying: “Do not take pictures. Private media houses are not allowed to take pictures here. Only Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Department of Information or State House photographers are allowed to take pictures. If you will need pictures, arrange with the information officials, they will send you some.”