Zambia

Implications of new tax on freedom of expression raises concern, public order Act under review

Anti-corruption activist exonerated in president’s mass pardon; Youth beaten up for insulting President Hichilema ; Government introduces 16% VAT on newspaper sales ; Review of Public Order Act underway Read more

Implications of new tax on freedom of expression raises concern, public order Act under review

Police clampdown on protests leading up to 2021 elections

The situation in Zambia has been quite intense regarding the promotion and protection of human rights by the government. In an Amnesty International report it was explicitly highlighted that the police are using the Public Order Act to clamp down on any protest actions against the government. Journalists in Zambia continue to have their freedom of expression and the press hindered in their work through the government clamping down on independent media. Read more

Police clampdown on protests leading up to 2021 elections

Youths find innovative ways to protest in Zambia

Young Zambian celebrities and other youth held a protest in an unknown location which they broadcast live on social media platforms over fears of arrest Read more

Youths find innovative ways to protest in Zambia

Concern as government punishes free expression

Government targets critics and those expressing opinion including John Sangwa a prominent lawyer disbarred after openly criticising government, media station Prime TV's licence cancelled Read more

Concern as government punishes free expression

Protests erupt over gang attacks, critics challenge proposed constitutional amendments

crowds demonstrate and lynch people suspected of gassing their victims; Critics challenge the constitutionality of a proposed amendment to the constitution which would extend the president’s powers Read more

Protests erupt over gang attacks, critics challenge proposed constitutional amendments

Students protest xenophic attacks in neighbouring South Africa, opposition leader arrested

Students from various universities stage protests outside South African embassy following xenophobic attacks in South Africa, Opposition leader arrested and charged for allegedly insulting President Edgar Lungu Read more

Students protest xenophic attacks in neighbouring South Africa, opposition leader arrested

Escalating attacks on journalists worrying, as restrictions on expression continue

Government imposes new tax on internet phone calls, as the cabinet approves new social media and cyber crime law amidst fears that it shall stifle freedom of expression. Also, female student dies during overnight students' riot. Read more

Escalating attacks on journalists worrying, as restrictions on expression continue

Opposition voices muzzled, as activists are arrested

In August 2017, there were several reported cases of opposition party members being arbitrarily arrested and meetings organised by opposition party being prevented from taking place. Protesters and online dissidents were also arrested and detained, while a proposed cyber crime law threatens free expression. Read more

Opposition voices muzzled, as activists are arrested

Pro-government group storms Law Association of Zambia's office

Attacks against Linda Kasonde, President of the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), and against LAZ itself have continued in recent months. Read more

Pro-government group storms Law Association of Zambia's office

Media freedom deteriorates in Zambia

The Zambian government is putting pressure on independent media outlets, forcing some of them to close. Read more

Media freedom deteriorates in Zambia