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MISA Zambia condemns seizure of Mast Newspaper equipment, raid on M’membe’s residence

MISA Zambia condemns seizure of Mast Newspaper equipment, raid on M’membe’s residence

25 Feb 2017

MISA Zambia condemns, in the strongest terms, the action by the state and police actions to suppress the Mast Newspaper in addition to the earlier harassment and assault of Mutinta Mazoka-M’membe during an attempted search in the absence of her husband five days ago. We are concerned that the state fight is no longer about the closure of the Post Newspaper instigated by the government and...

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MISA Zambia welcomes Justice Minister’s pronouncement on ATI; calls for a roadmap for the process

MISA Zambia welcomes Justice Minister’s pronouncement on ATI; calls for a roadmap for the process

10 Feb 2017

MISA Zambia welcomes the pronouncement by Justice Minister Given Lubinda at the 2017 Universal Periodic Review that the Access to Information bill is ready and that government is working on systems that will readily avail the information to the public. The enactment of the ATI bill is long overdue as it has stalled since 2002 when it was presented to parliament, with successive governments-including the...

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Zambian media survives turbulent third quarter – MISA Zambia Third Quarter Report

Zambian media survives turbulent third quarter – MISA Zambia Third Quarter Report

04 Nov 2016

In its report on the state of the media in Zambia, MISA Zambia has noted with concern that the third quarter of 2016 (July to September 2016) has been a particularly turbulent period for the media in Zambia in terms of state interference and outright violations against the media’s independence and freedom to conduct itself in a safe and conducive environment. “This is due to...

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MISA Zambia launches Early Warning Mechanism ahead of 2016 polls

MISA Zambia launches Early Warning Mechanism ahead of 2016 polls

14 Jul 2016

MISA Zambia has, in the wake of a dramatic increase in acts of violence against journalists and media houses, put in place an Early Warning Notification System (EWNS) as a systematic way of collecting information in good time to avert the increasing violations against media houses and journalists especially in the build up to the 2016 elections and thereafter. The system template aims to gather...

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MISA Zambia demands the immediate and unconditional release of M’membe, wife and Post Editor Joseph Mwenda

MISA Zambia demands the immediate and unconditional release of M’membe, wife and Post Editor Joseph Mwenda

28 Jun 2016

MISA Zambia is alarmed by the arrest of Post newspaper Editor-in-Chief, Fred M’membe, his wife Mutinta and Post Deputy Managing Editor, Joseph Mwenda for attempting to access their office premises following an ex-parté order staying execution of the Zambia Revenue Authority’s warrant of distress issued on June 21st, 2016. The arrest is proof that the action by the state is politically motivated and only aimed...

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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

28 Jun 2016

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

23 Jun 2016

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

22 Jun 2016

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 threatens media with statutory regulation

Zambia threatens media with statutory regulation

13 Apr 2016

Zambia’s Chief Government Spokesperson, Chishimba Kambwili has threatened state regulation of the media citing what he termed as ‘failure by the print media to regulate itself’ leaving government with no option but to step in. Speaking at a press briefing on April 6, 2016, Kambwili who is also the minister of information stated that some media houses were allegedly receiving payments from politicians to provide...

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MISA Zambia condemn police for interfering with operations of radio stations

MISA Zambia condemn police for interfering with operations of radio stations

23 Feb 2016

MISA Zambia has condemned the police command in Eastern Province for interfering with the operations of radio stations in the province by directing them to seek police clearance whenever they intend to host high profile guests on radio. MISA has obtained a letter in which the order was made by Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya, to various radio stations in Chipata. We wish to...

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