Police record statement from journalist over missing Lechwe story

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POLICE in Lusaka have recorded a statement from Radio Phoenix Journalist Logic Lukwanda following a story he published regarding the purported 80 missing black Lechwes in Bungweulu wetlands.

And speaking to reporters at Lusaka Police Headquarters, Radio Phoenix Managing Director, Muzaza Musulwe, has described the whole incident as intimidating to the media house.

“He was summoned regarding the missing 80 black Lechwes in Bungweulu to give them what he knows about it because he is a gentleman who authored the story. The statement was taken from him about what he knows,” said Musulwe.

When asked if the summon had in any instilled fear in his reporters, Musulwe said: “It can be very intimating because really to find yourself here and being questioned like that, it is not very good but I think it is part of our profession.”

And Zambia Institute of Independent Media Alliance (ZIIMA) president Jajah Coulibaly has urged journalists not to be intimated by police summon of Lukwanda.

He said investigative journalism was not a crime in Zambia.

“We are calling on journalists all around the country not to be intimidated and we encourage Logic Lukwanda and other journalists to invest more time in investigative journalism, it is not a crime and should be encouraged because it offers checks and balances to the governance structures,” said Coulibaly.

Logic was accompanied to Police Headquarters by Phoenix FM News Editor Patricia Mbewe, a MISA representative including Lusaka Lawyer Gilbert Phiri.

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