• Ruling party supporters behind assaults against journalists.
• Government wages politicized prosecutions against The Post.
400: Estimated turnout at a demonstration protesting anti-press attacks.
Press freedom deteriorated in the first full year of Rupiah Banda’s presidency. Tensions mounted between Banda’s government and the leading independent daily The Post. Politicized criminal charges were leveled at Post staff members concerning the circulation of photos that Banda labeled “obscene” but others saw as a shocking look at a government health-care problem. Ruling party supporters were tied to a series of attacks against The Post and other journalists.