Attempts to Block Online Media Attract International Attention

Attempts by the Patriotic Front government to block online media in Zambia has attracted the attention of a United States-based organisation – Committee to Protect Journalists – that has documented events leading to the four day blocking of one of the most critical websites.

CPJ also made attempts to call the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority but despite leaving messages, there was no response from the quasi state organisation to discuss the development which have been hatched by the Zambian government’s special intelligence division in collaboration with China.

The New York-based organisation which has defended media organisations and journalists that have come under attack from tyrannical regimes such as President Michael Sata’s said in a statement that a private website that documents alleged Zambian government corruption has been blocked in the country since Monday, its editor told CPJ.