Reporters Without Borders creates mirror for ZWD as CPJ tells Sata to Honor Mandela day

Paris based Reporters Without borders also known as Reporters Sans Frontières, (RSF) has created a mirror website for the Zambian Watchdog.

The mirror website hosted by RSF itself is found at http://zambianwatchdog.rsf.org

Meanwhile, the Committee to Protect Journalists have called on President Michael Sata to observe the Nelson Mandela International day by letting journalists operate freely.

The mirror website is a direct response by the International community to the blocking of the Zambian Watchdog from inside Zambia. It is meant for readers in Zambia to access the original site which is blocked.

The mirror works just like the original and readers can access it and post comments.

RSF is a France-based international non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes and defends freedom of information and freedom of the press. The organization has consultant status at the United Nations.

Its website is http://en.rsf.org/

Earlier, the committee to Protect Journalists said Zambian authorities should stop their ongoing harassment of the Zambian Watchdog, a site that reports on alleged government corruption, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested another journalist they accused of contributing to the site, and blocked domestic access to the site for the second time, according to the Watchdog’s editor and news reports.

“It is alarming to see a democratically elected government determined to silence and intimidate its critics,” said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Sue Valentine. “On the eve of Nelson Mandela’s birthday, we call on President Michael Sata to honor freedom of speech and to heed Mandela’s words that a critical, independent, and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy.”

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