Media clampdown: Police arrest five Radio Mano journalists for allegedly insulting PF officials

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Police in Kasama have rounded up Radio Mano news room staff for allegedly insulting ruling Patriotic Front officials.


The PF has often accused Radio Mano of being pro-UPND with the station having clashed with law enforcement agencies especially in the heat of the August 11 elections.


Journalists Tobias Mangani, Henry Kangwa, Patrick Kabwe, Nzala Hangubo, and Abigail Musonda were arrested on Tuesday and slapped with a charge of insulting three PF officials.


The officials have repeatedly appeared on Radio programs accusing the journalists of being corrupt and sympathetic to the opposition.


Matters came to a head when the journalists sought audience with the said officials after they had appeared on a Radio program with the police intervening by arresting the journalists.


The five journalists were released on bond after spending over three hours in police cells.


In another case of government clampdown on the private media, police on Monday arrested Chipata TV news Editor Iris Mwale and charged her with one count of seditious practice.


This in connection with the story which aired on the station on September 26, 2016 in which a UPND Eastern Province official Michael Chuzu allegedly said that the opposition party will not recognise Edgar Lungu as the Republican President.


And, the two appeared before Chipata Magistrate Philip Mpundu for mention and explanation of the charge.


The matter has been adjourned to November 28, 2016 for mention.


6 Responses to Media clampdown: Police arrest five Radio Mano journalists for allegedly insulting PF officials

  1. Icili pa mubiyo ecili napali iwe…team up and work together…

    November 16, 2016 at 12:34 pm

  2. Lungu cannot intimidate the revolution he will be swept . When the 25 kg mealie meal is at K107 you think people will remain quiet.
    You will run away your policies are bad.

    November 16, 2016 at 1:51 pm

  3. Stop arresting journalists one day the same journalists u are arresting today you will need them in times of problems pachalo takwaba ichikalilila bembas say chilipa munobe capita mailo chilipali iwe.The best is that we should forgive each other every time people call us Christians now were is christaint here please,let us look to God evey time we think of arresting our brothers and sisters.May God bless Zambia and may our God give us runs.

    November 17, 2016 at 6:40 am

  4. Why the tyranny. We’re a democracy, everyone’s views ought to be respected

    November 17, 2016 at 7:04 am

  5. There is no such offence in Zambian laws

    Lewis Mosho
    November 17, 2016 at 11:20 am

  6. @cmo,Democracy was sacrificed by `donchi kubeba’in 2011,and dununa initiated in 2016,we look yonder to the horizon for the resurrection of our beautiful Democracy! Kaya..

    November 17, 2016 at 10:58 pm

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