Jul 15 2009

Media mystery story in Lusaka

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Why is the government of Zambia cracking down on its small but vigilant independent press? Why is Lusaka’s Post newspaper targeted by new president Rupiah Banda?

Banda won a narrow victory in recent elections following the sudden death of his predecessor. Perhaps to solidify his base — and quell complaints that vote-stealing won him the election — Banda is cracking down on dissent, and hounding the excellent Lusaka Post newspaper, the strongest independent voice in the country.

This week, the government hauled into court on bogus charges the news editor of the Post. Is the shut-down of the paper next?

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