Veteran journalist urges Diplomat to ignore media gag

Veteran journalist urges Diplomat to ignore media gag

Ignore ban, Use Twitter, Edem appeals to Zambian Diplomats

Veteran journalist Edem Djokotoe has expressed surprise at the ban issued by Permanent Secretary of Information and Broadcasting Services Amos Malupenga.

In his letter of directive to the public media, Malupenga has banned the public media from using or carrying media statements from Zambia’s Embassies abroad.

He has directed the public media not to cover statements only in the rare exception when Ministry of Foreign Affairs has granted authority.

But Edem has speculated that the entire ban was likely targeted at selected ambassadors that have been effective in using the media for their work.

He has urged the affected Diplomats to resort to social media to air the details of their work

Edem Djokotoe Wrote;

“Hmmm, so now Zambian Diplomats abroad can’t be publishing articles and having their statements and their ego trips appearing in the state-owned and government-controlled media”.


“I wonder what happened. I am also wondering who the ban, issued by Amos Malupenga, the current Information PS, is aimed at.”

“You never know”.

“Them banned folks could pluck a leaf from The Donald’s playbook and take to Twitter.”

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    MUNYENGE 3 weeks ago

    Edem Djokotoe your name sound foreign, more like west African and your looks not Zambian so don’t interfere in the internal affairs of the country if you want to enjoy your stay here. You are more like inciting ambassadors not to adhere to government directive. As a matured person and a veteran journalist you should know well that your action is putting your life at risk as some cadres who are loyal to the PF party can take your advise to ambassadors as an insult or lack of respect and take things personal so that they can pump some sense into you. Dont put your life at risk all for nothing, be guided accordingly.