Journalists to protest at State House Friday

President Banda, he is usually a hand to receive demonstrating MMD cadres. Will he meet the journalists?

President Banda, he is usually at hand to receive demonstrating MMD cadres. Will he meet the journalists?

Media bodies have resolved to march to State House on Friday, August 07, 2009 to petition President Rupiah Banda to get his commitment that the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) will renounce violence against journalists.

Speaking on behalf of other media bodies, Media Institute of Southern Africa, MISA-Zambia Chairperson Henry Kabwe said the move is aimed at urging President Banda to take further action apart from condemning the attacks on journalists.

Mr. Kabwe said culprits should be arrested so that lessons can be drawn by other party cadres that beating journalists who play a key role of disseminating information attracts punishment.

Journalists from The Post and Times of Zambia Newspapers, who had gone to cover the arrival of President Rupiah Banda from Uganda where he had gone to attend the Smart Partnership Dialogue, were on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 beaten up by MMD cadres.

President Banda has since condemned the beating up of the journalists.

Meanwhile, the Media bodies have called on government to drop the charges against Post News Editor Chansa Kabwela.

Speaking on behalf of other media bodies, Media Institute of Southern Africa, MISA-Zambia Chairperson Henry Kabwe said this would be a measure of democracy and good governance which encourages diversity of views and opinions.

Ms Kabwela is facing charges of being in possession of and circulating material that can corrupt morals.

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