The Bloggers of Zambia join the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day to end impunity for crimes against journalists with a call for Zambian authorities to take real measures in guaranteeing safety and security of journalists and bloggers.
We note with a heavy heart that impunity and various forms of crimes against journalists and bloggers have continued to happen in Zambia while perpetrators go unpunished. Journalists in Zambia have continued to face threats and attacks and this is often instigated by government officials and political party actors.
As we commemorate the International Day to end impunity for crimes against journalists, the Bloggers of Zambia would like to urge Zambian authorities to take firm steps to ensure accountability for violence and attacks against journalists and bloggers.
In addition to this, we would like to urge the Zambian government to enact good internet governance laws and policies in a participatory process as that would promote digital rights, protect the privacy and personal data of journalists, bloggers and citizens.
Our clarion call for participation in the process of enacting internet regulation legislation promotes the enjoyment of the right to freedom of expression and freedom of association online. Additionally, we urge journalists and bloggers to maintain high levels of standards and ethics of journalism practice both online and offline.
We also call upon bloggers, journalists and activists to join our advocacy campaign for a free, open and safe internet ecosystem for all, including women and girls. Our campaign both on Facebook and Twitter is using the hashtag #OpenSpaceZM.
By Richard Mulonga
Blogger of Zambia
Founder and CEO