HH stands up for press freedom

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Police keeping vigil outside Komboni Radio, one of the closed private media houses

Police keeping vigil outside Komboni Radio, one of the closed private media houses

Zambia’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has reiterated his demand for the immediate reopening of the closed private media houses, namely the Post Newspaper, Muvi TV, Komboni Radio, and Radio Itezhi Tezhi.

Hichilema argues that a free and vibrant press is an essential part of any democracy as it affords citizens an opportunity express themselves as well as get valuable information for them to make critical decisions an must therefore be embraced  not suppressed, as is increasingly the trend under the Patriotic Front (PF).

The united Party for National Development (UPND) strongman wondered what the PF government is afraid of for them close down the largest privately-owned media institutions in the country

“A Government that is open, transparent and has the best intentions of its citizens at heart should have nothing to fear from an independent press, and should in fact welcome such channels as a healthy forum for debate, information sharing and the exchange of opinions. This is especially important given current tensions, and is fundamental to their successful and peaceful resolution,” Hichilema said.

He further took a swipe at the public media houses such as ZNBC, Times of Zambia and Zambia Daily Mail, describing them as tools of oppression and avenues for spreading hate speech.

“Under the PF we have seen publicly funded media houses used as tools of oppression and channels for hate speech, while independent broadcasters and newspapers are threatened and closed down. The recurrent question has now become who will the PF try to silence next? That is why we are standing our ground and asking people to unite and speak out for one another now, before it is too late.

“The press does not exist to serve the PF’s interests, but those of Zambian citizens. That is why they must be allowed to resume operation without delay.”


26 Responses to HH stands up for press freedom

  1. Including stupid daily nation…

    August 25, 2016 at 8:15 am

  2. God we need your help this man called Lungu is becoming to HELL for this Nation.

    August 25, 2016 at 8:38 am

  3. Trully,we as a young democracy we need private media houses.That is where people express their feelings and opinions without being edited.
    If we stay quiet an just look,who knows what the GRZ will shut down next?.
    We need to stand up and show solidarity as a nation to the GRZ.DEMANDING they open these private media houses.
    Its not about an individual or a group of certain individuals wanting to seal their victory or silence the only voices that people have.
    Please let us be Open minded and sincere,this is killing democracy in zambia.
    We are not in an autocratic nation.

    August 25, 2016 at 8:48 am

    • The journalists must stand up. When last month the South African government tried to control SABC journalists through censorship, all the country’s media stood up to fight for their professional colleagues.
      There were big stories and editorials about how stupid the government was for weeks on end. The SABC journalists who were fired had to be re-hired because of the pressure. Learn a lesson you sleeping journalists.

      John Peter Zenger
      August 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      • My friend in south Africa pipo get jobs through their qualifications not wako ni wako syndrome which has destroyed Zambia to its knees,i tell u if we right pipo in right positions this country could have been somewhere this time

        Collins manchele
        August 25, 2016 at 9:59 pm


    killer bee
    August 25, 2016 at 8:56 am

  5. We ND that in our country for Zambia to develop.

    Not to shut media houses that v reported that men from Uganda are voting for elections meant for Zambians.

    robert sulamoyo jr
    August 25, 2016 at 9:34 am

  6. Spot on!

    August 25, 2016 at 9:41 am

  7. HALUZA HAGAIN (HH) is still talking pliz advise him to save his last breeath as he delivers the last speech of markiing an end to a primitive backward and tribal tonga party upnd

    August 25, 2016 at 9:51 am

    • Matuvi yako

      Mbita Chikala
      August 25, 2016 at 10:53 am

  8. Chisanga, I understand why you cannot even write the word ‘breath’ correctly. Remember Zambia doesnt end just with you. You have posterity to defend, you may be smiling today but soon or later you will live to regret your contribution. I hope you still have many more years to live so that you can witness consequences of your position.

    August 25, 2016 at 10:03 am

  9. @chisanga mukongo wabanyoko

    August 25, 2016 at 11:32 am

  10. Ni chipuba saana hh, y cnt he stop his initiated cadaz 2stp o th satanism thy ar doin? Mwebwa weeee iwe baka poli. hh matuvi yanu

    August 25, 2016 at 11:56 am

  11. fuseki hh teiwe walechita dikapen refurendam we mbushiwe,tepapa….

    August 25, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    • Mj kindly tell me and the nation the content of the (bill of rights) referendum before u insult hh.your pf had enough time to tell the Zambians the contents to convince them to vote for it, now that it failed u want to blame hh.My dear friend u don’t just sign for anything u don’t understand bcoz u will one day sign for your death warranty.Time and again I have noticed that many Zambians fail to do analysis on issues I don’t know why ,could it be that we’re used to choose 5+2= A=2,B=7,C=8 and D=10 at school or what?

      Collins manchele
      August 25, 2016 at 9:19 pm

  12. hh wil never,ever win election in his life.reasons are very simple 1.he is tonga man who heads cattles 2.he is satanist.3.he is un amagedoni .4 he is too pride,bostras,sting,popaus,proud and greedy.these reasons makes someone not to become president.if he want to be come president,let him go and be the president of animals.all the best in your ruling of animals.

    August 25, 2016 at 12:42 pm

  13. If hh wants to re-open those stations he should first re-instate those families he forcefully moved from their long time dueling in Namwala. Look before you leap novice hh. You did bad to poorest pipo and you need re-opening of businesses just b/cose you are rich dubiously!! You will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

    August 25, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    • Senior bino I’m very surprised that u can put yourself in the shoes of God who knows who will not enter his kingdom,bane let’s not play with God he is not your tribal cousin u can joke with he is the one who holds your life.secondly don’t tribalism in everything u see or hear,pf if u analysed their campaigns through out went for character assassination on hh instead of telling u and the nation how they will improve the economy of the nation,how they will create employment for our youths.seek God first than dying with hatred for someone its a sin

      Collins manchele
      August 25, 2016 at 9:38 pm

  14. He dicampaigned referendum it failed nice job,bcoz we do not know what animal it is,dicampaigned lungu he lost the elections bcoz lungu & referendum are two strange animals in Zambia who do not mean well.

    kutumpa boezy
    August 25, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    • Kutumpa am jx wondering if you live in Zambia when u tell me u didn’t know anything about referendum… The same rights HH is claiming are the rights he was campaigning against…And so this still give me a lot of questions VA’s in wat HH thinks about Zambia in future

      Bruce Sikaona
      August 25, 2016 at 4:27 pm

  15. Is it chiyanga or chisanga?Noise MWANA wamusanga iwe.Chisanga nichikulu cha mene bana kubbalilako niku malabbo.Bana bamusanga siba soba pakamwa kuipa

    kutumpa boezy
    August 25, 2016 at 2:36 pm

  16. HH should have spoken like this before the elections. We the voters wanted to hear what his party’s standpoint would be on DeadNBC, Times and Daily Mail if they won but he was silent. Very silent

    John Peter Zenger
    August 25, 2016 at 2:54 pm


    August 25, 2016 at 5:16 pm

  18. lets be unit, lets ask God 4 direction,we one zambian pipo. Love,peace is all we want in our great nation zambia. wat is wrong 4 this time of voting all our 5 president we had their was peace,now pipo ar fighting each saying they ar best than others way.I think pipo from other countries ar misleading us, look now they have set up the fire and gone,our lives have now gone to worse,think about our mothers children grandfather and grandmother is this how our leaders going to teach us to others tribes no I wish I was not born in this country so called christian nation.dont destroy this beautiful nation,something is wrong in this country may God help us.

    john sakala
    August 25, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    • Yaba these names John sakala,john banda and many more u can’t know this particular John sakala is from especially that we Zambians are everywhere

      Collins manchele
      August 25, 2016 at 9:50 pm

  19. Mwemafwafwa ba pf stop your damn talks you will dance to my President’s (HH) tune
    you think Mr HH did win? to hell nakapuba kenu kalungu chakolwa.

    August 25, 2016 at 10:09 pm

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