ZANIS journalist released without any charge
By Staff Reporter
POLICE have released Zambia News and Information Service (ZANIS) journalist Frank Ching’ambu, detained in Ndola whilst filming opposition United Party for Natiobal Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema who was appearing for interrogations.
And the Northern Region Media Club (NORMEC) has condemned the continued harassment of journalists by overzealous police officers.
Ching’ambu was released this afternoon after spending about four hours in police confinement and without any charge.
In a statement on Tuesday, NORMEC secretary Clinton Masumba said the club was disturbed by the detention without any offence of Ching’ambu while he filmed mounted blockades and arrival of Hichilema at Ndola Central Police.
Masumba said the harassment of Journalists is not only an affront to media freedom but an abuse of authority by some police officers.
“For the record, journalists are not criminals, and don’t deserve to be treated in that manner, we therefore demand better treatment whenever assigned to cover such events. The NORMEC challenges Copperbelt Police command to engage its officers who at often times get too excited whenever there are high profile cases and tend to exert their anger on innocent journalists,” said Masumba.
He said journalists should at no time be treated like criminals in the performance of their duties.
“Journalism is not a crime in a democratic dispensation like Zambia and any form of harassment or aggression is an insult to the country’s democracy. An attack on one is an attack on all of us,” he said.