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IPI concerned over 'brutal attacks' on Zambian journalists

26 March 2016, 15:07

Lusaka – The International Press Institute (IPI) has raised a red flag concerning the manner in which Zambian journalists are brutally treated.

According to Zambia's  The Post newspaper, the world had a "blanket over its eyes" thinking the so-called democratic southern African nation respected the media.

Giving a report on the state of media in Zambia to the IPI following the World Media Summit in Doha, The Post newspaper's deputy managing director, Joseph Mwenda, warned that something should be done before a journalist was killed in Zambia.

Mwenda used the incident where Zambian journalist, Peter Sukwa, was almost burnt alive by the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party cadres, adding that not even the social media could effectively help the situation prevailing in the country.

"I come from a country where internet penetration is very is still very low and as we sit here discussing how social media will help mobilise international solidarity against attacks on journalists, a journalist in Zambia is being attacked and the world will not hear about this in good time to act," he said.

Calling out to IPI for support, Mwenda described how brutally journalists were treated and how the media was constantly being silenced particularly on President Edgar Lungu's orders.

In response, the IPI called on the Zambian government to be responsible and investigate the abuse of journalists in the country. 

"We think that preventing a journalist from doing his or her work is something that is only done in uncivilised societies and I would like to think that Zambia is a civilised society," the IPI board chairperson John Yearwood was quoted as saying. 

- News24


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