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Rui Correia


On September 27, the High Court in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, granted acting President Rupiah Banda an injunction restraining The Post newspaper from publishing libelous words against him. Zambia's Sunday Times reported that the court had also given a penal notice to Editor-in-Chief Fred M'membe to comply with the order. M'membe refused and appealed to the court to dismiss the charges against him, but the High Court threw out the application.

Despite promises made in early 2002 by the Ministry of Information and media stakeholders to review media laws that indirectly hinder press freedom, there has been no change in Zambian defamation legislation. Fred M'membe and The Post are in the news for the umpteenth time for the same offense. 

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