LUSAKA – The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), on Wednesday condemned the police for recording a “warn and caution” statement that could mean a possible charge against Lusaka FM Station.
The station’s Manager, Changwe Kabwe has been arrested for allegedly publishing false news about President Michael Sata’s health.
“We have been reliably informed that Chella, the President’s spokesperson, gave a response to this matter which was played on the station several times.
“Therefore, the station was doing its duty by informing the public of what the correct position was, regarding the matter and therefore cannot amount to publication of false news to cause fear and alarm.
“This step by the Zambia Police is uncalled for, as the President was voted for by the people of Zambia who have the right to know what is happening to him.
“This should never amount to a crime,”Mwale said.
She called for the immediate scrapping of the “Publication of False News” from the laws of Zambia.
“Based on the above reasons, the careless use and broad translation of what could constitute publication of false news and how it has become a weapon for intimidating journalists.
“We demand for the repeal of this law in order for the media and the citizens to enjoy their inherent rights to freedom of expression and access to information,” Mwale said.