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Zambia cracks down on online media

Michael Malakata | Jan. 20, 2014
In an example of growing government animosity toward online media in Africa, the Zambian government has unleashed the police on editors and journalists of online media organizations accused irresponsible reporting.

In addition, the Zambian government has been arresting and detaining journalists working in online media.

Last week, Zambia's deputy minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Miles Sampa, offered a reward of up US$2,000 to anyone with information that will lead to the arrest of journalists working for online media. The minister of Information and Broadcasting Service, Mwansa Kapeya, then called a press briefing at which he denounced online media organizations and called for responsible journalism.

While the Zambian government controls the country's mainstream media, online media has emerged as the only option for alternative news.


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