One journalist charged with sedition, one released without being questioned

The Zambia police have formerly arrested Journalist Thomas Zyambo and charged him with sedition.

In the Zambian law sedition is wide and can basically include any conduct that the authorities decide but mainly relates to advocating insurrection against government. Sedition in Zambia carries a seven year jail sentence.

The other journalist Clayson Hamasaka who was picked the same night with Zyambo has been released without being questioned. He was however verbally told that investigations would continue.

The police released Hamasaka  but kept his computers some of which are for his school going children.

Thomas Zyambo was, according to the police, found with handwritten notes of the life history of president Michael Sata.

His charge is therefore that ‘being in possession of seditious material with intent to publish.’

His lawyers were by Wednesday evening trying to secure a police bond for him.


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