CPJ pleased by Kabwela acquittal in Zambia

November 16, 2009 1:25 PM ET

We issued the following statement after the Lusaka Magistrate Court acquitted Zambian journalist Chansa Kabwela today on pornography charges. The independent daily Post editor was charged with pornography for disseminating photos to several government officials of a woman giving birth in a hospital car park during a nurses strike in June...

“CPJ is pleased by the decision to acquit Chansa Kabwela on the spurious charge of disseminating obscene photographs,” said CPJ’s Africa Program Coordinator Tom Rhodes. “The Zambian government must stop seeking ways to intimidate and censor the country’s leading independent daily.”

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