A combined team of policemen and PF cadres on Tuesday stormed Isoka FM community radio station, physically manhandled and abducted three workers, took them to an unknown place before detaining them at the police station for featuring opposition UPND national chairperson Mutale Nalumango.
The cadres who stormed the radio station flanked by Isoka District commissioner Joe Siwila, Council chairperson Moses Simwanza charged that the radio station was wrong to feature an opposition leader without getting a police permit. Nalumango was appearing on a sponsored programme and was talking about national issues like the ever depreciating Kwacha and other problems facing the country.
Radio station technician Mathews Mwandila, head of programmes and current affairs Peter Sichali and News editor Jarine Namukoko were later taken to the police station where their phones were confiscated after being detained for about three hours.
Isoka FM becomes the second radio station in a week, after Hot FM to face the clampdown on media freedoms and freedom of expression under the PF government, which MISA Zambia has described as deplorable and promised to take appropriate action. Under the Pf government, Journalists have become an endangered species as they face constinued attacks from cadres while President Michael Sata is heavily sedated by drugs at the mini hospital at state house.
Meanwhile, the Watchdog has received information that state house under the influence of George Chellah are planning to reduce the broadcasting radius of the privately owned Hot FM radio station which has continued to be under surveillance by security agents.