Police in Lusaka Thursday afternoon arrested and charged Daily Nation Managing Editor Richard Sakala and FODEP Executive Director Macdonald Chipenzi and his Assistant Simon Mwanza for publishing false news and causing alarm.
The three have been denied bond and will spend Thursday night in jail.
They were arrested around 17:20 Hours after long hours of interrogations.
Police earlier today searched FODEP Head office looking for documents, date stamps and any other information that would them in their investigations.
The investigations involve an article published in the privately owned Daily Nation in which Mr Chipenzi criticised the Zambia Police Service for undertaking a secret recruitment drive.
The secret police recruitment is meant to make sure only PF cadres mostly related to ailing dictator Michael Sata are recruited.