Typical of his treacherous nature, Justice Minister Given Lubinda this morning justified the persecution of celebrated Zambian Journalist Dr. Fred M’membe and the Post Newspaper saying it was nothing political but meant to recover taxes.
Earlier, Germany Embassy Head of Development Cooperation Dr. Frank Hofmann expressed concern the the manner government was going about closing critical media.
“We are deeply concerned with the freedom of the press. And the administration of the Public Order Act before the August general elections and after,” he said.
Dr. Hoffman said the diplomatic Community was deeply concerned with he manner the free press was being muzzled.
Both Lubinda and Dr. Hoffman were speaking at Radisson Blu Hotel when SACCORD was handing over submissions to the review of the Public Order Act.
According the treaturous Lubinda no politician had instructed any government wing to close down the Post Newspaper.
“In this country we need to be objective. When my collegue former Minister of Information and Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili is summoned by the Anti Corruption Commission it’s not political persecution but when a member of the opposition is summoned it’s political persecution
“What we have heard is that it is the people owed by the Post including Zambia Revenue Authority that are perusing their money. As government we are committed to a free press, ” he said.
However only a fool like Lubinda would want to beleive his story that the Patriotic Front government t is committed to free press.
Press freedom under the PF especially under Edgar Lungu has been at its worst. It’s under this regime that all critical media has been banned. The PF is now working round the clock to try and close the Mast Newspaper