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TOPSHOT - Supporters of the Zambian Ruling party Patriotic Front and incumbent president Edgar Lungu cheer during his presidential campaign closing rally on August 10, 2016 in Lusaka.
Violence during Zambia's election campaign could keep frightened voters away from the polls, a watchdog said on August 10, on the eve of voting in a country known for its relative stability. A tense presidential race between leading candidates incumbent Edgar Lungu and businessman Hakainde Hichilema has been marked by clashes between rival supporters. The Zambian Elections Information Centre (ZEIC) said at least three people had been killed and many injured during the campaign. / AFP / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA        (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
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How to Gut a Democracy in Two Years

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Zambia went from a free and stable country to a dictatorship overnight. I covered it for the country’s only independent newspaper — until the government shut it down. By: Ernest Chanda / Source: Foreign Policy / The Dawn News / August 3, 2017   LUSAKA, Zambia — The slide toward dictatorship was […]

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Zambian president Edgar Chagwa Lungu speaks at the UN General Assembly in New York, Sept. 29, 2015. | Photo: Reuters
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Zambian Government Continues Crackdown on Media

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By: Nate Singham / The Dawn News / February 16, 2017 As part of efforts to silence critical voices, the Zambian government has shut-down four media outlets in less than five months. Armed police officers on Wednesday afternoon raided esteemed journalist Dr. Fred M’membe’s residence in Lusaka, Zambia as part […]

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Zambia/ Statement: Attempts to Liquidate “THE POST”
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Zambia/ Statement: Attempts to Liquidate “THE POST”

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Source: The Post (Zambia) News / The Dawn News / November 16, 2016 President Lungu and his government have continued their crusade to shut down all independent media houses by their attempt to liquidate Post Newspapers Limited using their surrogates. This does not surprise us, although it saddens us, because […]

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Zambia: Silent voices of civil society
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Zambia: Silent voices of civil society

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The Post – Zambia / The Dawn News / 18 Oct, 2016 Vernon Mwaanga says the civil society is sleeping while democracy is being annihilated. According to VJ, most civil society organisations in Zambia have suddenly lost relevance because some their leaders have outlived their usefulness. VJ also bemoans a disturbing […]

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Zambia: The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny
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Zambia: The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny

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Source: The Post / The Dawn News / August 24, 2016. On Monday afternoon, the so-called Independent Broadcasting Authority announced the closure of Muvi TV, Komboni Radio and Radio Itezhi-tezhi. They stated that the closure was “necessary in the interest of public safety, security, peace, welfare or good order”. “The […]

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Zambia: The post Editorial Comment on Election Process
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Zambia: The post Editorial Comment on Election Process

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“We have serious problems with our electoral process” Source: The Post / The Dawn News / August 15, 2016. We have serious problems with our electoral process. Under our current electoral system, it is very difficult to hold elections whose results are accurate. The whole system is very open to […]

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Zambia: ECZ is a danger to Zambia’s peace and stability
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Zambia: ECZ is a danger to Zambia’s peace and stability

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Source: The Post / The Dawn News / August 1, 2016.  The Electoral Commission of Zambia has made the Patriotic Front and UPND sign a mediation agreement that deters the two political parties from using state resources in their campaigns for next week’s general elections. The Electoral Commission of Zambia, in […]

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Censorship against Zambian newspaper The Post escalates
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Censorship against Zambian newspaper The Post escalates

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The Dawn News / July 13, 2016 After having imprisoned the Director, the Director’s wife and the Editor of Zambian left-wing newspaper The Post, and seizing their offices, the Zambian government, following orders of President Edgar Lungu, continues to violate freedom of speech and silence dissident voices. In their official Facebook page, The […]

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Edgar Lungu says he will peacefully hand over power next month
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Edgar Lungu says he will peacefully hand over power next month

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Source: The Post Zambia / The Dawn News / July 13, 2016 PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he will peacefully hand over power next month if he loses elections because he doesn’t want any more lives to be lost for his sake. But UPND presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema says President Lungu is […]

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