Saturday, June 25, 2005

Journalist charged with sedition in Zambia for giving the fax

The Cape Times reports: "Lusaka: Police here on Wednesday interrogated journalist Anthony Mukwita and charged him with sedition. He faces a seven year jail sentence or an option of a fine, Mukwita confirmed, but said he had not been arrested yet.

Mukwita is the Cape Times correspondent in Zambia.

He was questioned over a fax he read out during a prime time radio programme he hosts on Lusaka's privately owned Radio Phoenix on June 10.

The fax was signed by 'annoyed Zambians' who cautioned President Levy Mwanawasa that he would 'slide the country into anarchy' if he did not listen to over various social, political and economic issues. "

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