October 16, 2018 Freedom of Expression, Protest Letters by PPF Web Desk
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Edgar Lungu, President of Zambia has expressed concern over the attack on Kashete Sinyangwe, cameraman for Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), on October 12.
PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter, has condemned the continued attacks on journalists and media workers in Zambia. PPF also urged the authorities to investigate the matter and hold accountable those responsible for assaulting the cameraman.
According to Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Daniel Makina a Kitwe businessman and Director of Nkana College of Education along with another man has been charged with the theft of copper cathodes.
Sinyangwe was present to cover Makina when he arrived for his hearing at the court of the Kitwe magistrate. That is when the businessman's supporters started to physically and verbally assault him and stopped him from doing his job.
MISA further added that few weeks ago, a journalist working for Flava FM Radio, Raphael Mulenga was also assaulted and beaten by demonstrators who were protesting in Buchi Township in Kitwe after a police officer allegedly shot a car washer.