Post Newspaper loses contempt case in Supreme court

Zambia_Supreme_CourtThe Supreme Court has dismissed with costs an appeal by the Post newspapers to stay contempt of court proceedings.

This is in a matter where the news paper defied an injunction not to publish libelous articles on President, Rupiah Banda, last year.

Supreme Court Judge, Sandson Silomba, sitting with Judges Peter Chitengi and Dennis Chirwa dismissed the appeal on grounds that it lacked merit.

The injunction was to halt libelous publications on President Banda during campaigns ahead of the 2008 Presidential election.

The Post news paper argued in its appeal to the Supreme Court that the High Court Judge erred in law when he commenced contempt proceedings without establishing whether the articles were libelous.

The Post newspaper and its owner-editor  Fred Mmembe are facing other contempt of court procedings in a Lusaka magistrate court.

The contempt procedings in the magistrate court arose out of an article published in the Post entitled ‘Chansa Kabwela case; comedy of errors.

And the case in which Chansa Kabwela is charged with circulating obscene material comes up for ruling on November 16, 2009.

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