The Zambian Watchdog and other online media have come under heavy attack from the PF administrations with President Sata ordering government agencies to establish means of blocking them.
Zambia’s one-year old Patriotic Front government has gone to the extent of engaging hackers at huge cost to destroy online media which is the only avenue keeping the leadership in check and the population informed.
The mainstream media in the country is compromised and abetting corruption while online media exposes some of the dark sides of the PF government.
President Sata, foreign affairs minister Given Lubinda, justice minister Wynter Kabimba, tourism minister Sylvia Masebo, defence minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba and information permanent secretary Amos Malupenga have all openly come out strong against the Zambian Watchdog and online media.
Attorney General Mumba Malila is apparently currently working on a law to restrict online media, a move that might face international criticism.
President Sata has also ordered the police to investigate journalists behind the Zambian Watchdog and other online media in a bid to crack down on opposing view. Former Evely Hone head of media studies Clayson Hamasaka, his wife Pamela and some other journalists in state institutions have lost jobs for among other reasons being suspected to be leaking information to online media.
On Wednesday, First Lady Dr Kaseba joined the open assault on the freedom of expression urging Zambians to stop addressing their concerns through the Zambian Watchdog but write to her husband directly for their problems to be solved.
Dr Kaseba was speaking during a visit to Namibia saying there was chance that President Sata could address people’s concerns if they wrote him letters.
Sata’s wife now joins a number of PF cadres, masquerading as Zambian government officials boarding planes to de-campaign the Zambia Watchdog and other online media at home and abroad using the hard-earned Zambian tax-payers money.
Zambian Watchdog and other online media have continuosly reminded President Sata of the failed 90-days PF policies.