Media body condemn arrest of Journalist

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HH is being detained by Police on treason charges

The Northern Region Media Club wishes to condemn in strongest terms the continued harassment of Journalists by overzealous police officers.

We have received with disturbance the detention of ZANIS Journalist Frank Chingambu by Police in Ndola while he filmed mounted blockades and arrival of UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema at Ndola Central Police.

The harassment of Journalists is not only an affront to media freedom but an abuse of authority by some police officers who we have always regarded as partners.

For the record, Journalists are not criminals, and don’t deserve to be treated in that manner, we therefore demand better treatment whenever assigned to cover such events.

The NOMEC, challenges Copperbelt Police command to engage its officers who at often times get too excited whenever there are high profile cases and tend to exert their anger on innocent Journalists.

We therefore, demand the release of Frank Chingambu and that some police officers be sent for refresher courses to fully understand their operations.

As a Media Club we refuse to be treated like criminals, should such harassments continue we will be left with no option but to ask our Members to black out police coverage.

Journalism is not a crime in a democratic dispensation like Zambia and any form of harassment or aggression is an insult to the country’s democracy. An attack on one is an attack on all of us.

Clinton Masumba
Northern Region Media Club (NORMEC)
Secretary

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