Arbitrary closure of media

Restrictions on freedom of information increased in 2016, when Zambia held a presidential election that was won by the incumbent Edgar Lungu. The authorities closed the most important independent newspaper, The Post, in June and arrested members of its staff. Several radio and TV stations had their licenses withdrawn in August. In order to prosecute journalists, the government either uses financial pretexts (such non-payment of taxes in the case of The Post) or the various laws regulating defamation and sedition. Journalists often censor themselves because they are not sure whether the information they would like to publish would lead to judicial proceedings.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



114 in 2016

Global score


35.08 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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