Police raid Kasempa community radio, pick officials

Police raid Kasempa community radio, pick officials

Four police officers on Thursday stormed Kasempa community Radio Station in Northwestern province and picked up three members of staff.

The police officers, one in plain clothes, said they had a search warrant to look for contemptuous materials.

According to KFM acting station manager Martha M’soka, the officers claimed that the radio station broadcasted contemptuous material during on May 15, 2014

The police picked up M’soka, two sound technicians Chricious Maliko and Gift Kazele as well as a computer.
The three were taken to the police station where they were questioned for more than two hours. The police recorded statements from the radio officials before releasing them.
They ordered them to go back the police today (Saturday) at 10 hours

The police also ordered the radio officials to give them an audio record of the news broadcast on Wednesday.
The so called contemptuous material was a mere news item that a certain woman who has been sentenced to eight months in prison by a Kasempa magistrate court would appeal against the sentence.

Kasempa-RadioApparently Radio Kasempa interviewed the secretary of a local organization called ‘Nsakwaya ba Kaonde’ Enos Kalele, who said that the imprisoned woman is looking for a lawyer to appeal.

Meanwhile, the Zambia Community Radio Forum has condemned the action of the police.
A statement issued by the ZACOMEF says the police action is an assault on press freedom.

‘The Zambia Community Media Forum is very alive to the fact that Kasempa FM and other community radio stations in the country have been very critical in affording communities a platform to chart their destiny. This role has not gone very well with some quarter of society who feels that community radio stations should be vuvuzelas for some named people or organizations.

‘We strongly urge the Zambia Police Force to stop traumatizing and intimidating media personal at Kasempa FM and other community radio stations in Zambia. ZaCoMeF feels the act by Kasempa police was unreasonable, overzealous and barbaric and should be condemned by all meaningful Zambians. We advise the members of staff at Kasempa FM to remain resolute and strong’, said Luckson Hamooya, the vice-chairperson of Zacomef

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