New York, June 3,
2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Zambian President
Rupiah Bwezani Banda and his administration to halt
the ongoing harassment of the nation’s leading independent newspaper The Post
and its award-winning editor Fred M’membe. On Tuesday, a magistrate in the capital, Lusaka, convicted M'membe on a criminal charge of contempt of court and scheduled sentencing for Friday, defense lawyer Remmy Mainza told CPJ. M’membe, a 1995 recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award, could face up to six months in prison, said Mainza. He said the defense would likely appeal the verdict.