The Post Newspaper is considered the leading privately owned daily newspaper in Zambia and carries critical, dissenting views. It has previously been censured and threatened with closure by the government.
The editor is currently facing charges under the State Security Act for ‘Publication of Classified Information’ after the newspaper published an article which quoted a letter from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to the President regarding corruption investigations the head of the ACC was conducting again the President’s special assistant for political affairs.
During MISA Zambia’s visit to The Post - Proprietor and Editor In Chief, Fred M’membe expressed shock at the incident and described it as the first of its kind in his 24 years of journalism practice in Zambia. He said the paper would not be intimidatedand would continue with its reportage and ensure their duty to the public is fulfilled.
MISA Zambia National Director Austin Kayanda stated that an attack on a single outlet was an attack on the whole fraternity and that MISA condemned the shooting which should not be tolerated under any circumstances.
Police have instituted investigations into the shooting and are yet to issue a report/statement.
Operations are back to normal at the newspaper and MISA Zambia has continued to offer solidarity.. MISA Zambia continues its monitoring of the situation.