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Chansa Kabwela
Chansa Kabwela

Zambia

Chansa Kabwela was Editor for independent daily newspaper The Post. She was arrested after having sent Zambian vice president George Kunda, Archbishop of Lusaka, women's groups, and some members of the Zambian government pictures of a woman who, not having enough money to afford health care, went into the labor(1).


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Created: 16th Jul 2009
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Chansa Kabwela
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Gender: female
Place of Origin: Zambia


Chansa Kabwela was Editor for independent daily newspaper The Post. She was arrested after having sent Zambian vice president George Kunda, Archbishop of Lusaka, women's groups, and some members of the Zambian government pictures of a woman who, naked and not having enough money to afford health care, went into the labor(1). The child was born dead.

Not everyone felt sorry for Ms. Kabwela when she got arrested. Zambian President Rupiah Banda decried the pictures as "pornography" (2), while the chairwoman for the Nongovernmental Organizations Coordinating Council called said she was "shocked and disgusted" at the "gross violation of the woman's privacy."  These charges come under fire from such groups as Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) and Sam Mujunda, the Editor-in-Chief at The Post, who called the pictures "particularly graphic" and accused the government of "ignoring the plight of the women" (NGOCC)(2). The Post has since apologized for the pictures, saying it acted in ignorance.

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(1) Bearak, Barry. (2009, July 13). In Zambia, Pictures of Birth, Mailed as Protest, Bring Arrest. The New York Times. 

(2) Unknown Author.(2009, July 16). Zambian Government Prosecutes The Post News Editor. The Zimababwe Times.




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