Freedom of expression under siege, media attacks and intimidation condemned

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The Media Owners Association of Zambia and MISA Zambia have expressed concern over the attacks on Mpika and Muchinga Radio Stations by some suspected Patriotic Front cadres when the two media houses planned to feature on phone UPND President Hakainde Hichilema.

MOAZ President Kenny Tonga said the idea of cadres attacking media houses is uncalled for and must be stopped right away.

Misa Zambia Chairperson Helen Mwale said to prevent UPND President Hakainde Hichilema to speak on radio is trying to deny the people of the two districts their rights to access information and an infringement on media freedom.

UPND Spokesperson Charles Kakoma has expressed dismay at the attacks saying it causes fear in the media in their pursuit to inform and educate the citizens.

However, Patriotic Front Media Director Sunday Chanda said what might have caused the attack is a result of Hichilema’s actions to campaign in the two districts, adding that he should be responsible over what transpired.

Recently some suspected Patriotic Front cadres stormed and attacked a journalist of Muchinga Radio when he had a phone interview with the UPND President.

Meanwhile, the government is on record for suppressing press freedom in the country.

Recently, the government through the Independent Broadcasting Authority closed another private station, Prime TV on flimsy grounds.

At one point, another private station Muvi TV, was intimidated for granting an interview to opposition leader Chisimba Kambwili. The interview was finally cancelled.

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One Response to Freedom of expression under siege, media attacks and intimidation condemned

  1. Stupid misa Zambian talking while sited idiot’s

    Leo jumbo
    May 18, 2020 at 6:26 am
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