Journalists at State Media Dare PF to Fire Them

Just three days after World Press Freedom Day, things are not looking too free in Zambia, as a number of journalists from the state-owned Zambia Daily Mail find themselves in a stand-off with the Patriotic Front (PF) government, who had threatened to fire them because of alleged sympathies with the opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD).

The move comes after Local government Minister Elfreda Kansembe stormed the Zambia Daily Mail newsroom two weeks ago and castigated all the journalists and accused them of being MMD supporters.

Durig Kansembe’s unceremonial visit to the Zambia Daily Mail, some senior journalists openly wept at her abusiveness because they found it so offensive to be insulted for the job they have done for many years.

The journalists interviewed said they felt insulted and degraded by Kansembe, who they described as a backward woman and an enemy of press freedom.