Attacks on the Press in 2006 - Snapshots: Zambia
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||February 2007|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2006 - Snapshots: Zambia, February 2007, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/47c56754c.html [accessed 24 October 2014]|
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In February, a court dismissed a criminal case against Fred M'membe, editor of Zambia's leading daily, The Post, after the state decided not to prosecute. M'membe, a 1995 recipient of CPJ's International Press Freedom Award, was charged with insulting the president in November 2005. He was released on bail after six hours in police custody.
Two journalists working for Radio Chikuni, a community station in the southern district of Monze, were arrested and charged in March with publishing "false news with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public." The journalists were detained overnight by police and released on bond, according to the Media Institute of Southern Africa. The charge stemmed from a broadcast about a young boy found dead after going missing. The body was said to be mutilated, and local residents suspected that the boy was the victim of a ritual killing.