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Vol 57 No 15

Published 22nd July 2016


Zambia

Lungu's media vendetta

The President is determined to keep an opposition-supporting newspaper off the streets, seemingly at any cost

President Edgar Lungu wishes to keep The Post, the newspaper and news website which is his declared opponent, closed until after the 11 August election, say sources close to State House. As Africa Confidential went to press, Post journalists, working outside their closed premises, sought sanctuary in Lusaka cathedral as security forces and tax of cials arrived to disperse them. Former Presidents Rupiah Banda and the late Frederick Chiluba tried to close down the paper, which is edited and published by Fred M'membe. However, Lungu's close advisor Kaizar Zulu and State House Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Chilubanama have told him that he can succeed where they failed.

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