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12 December 2017 12:11 (South Africa)

Zambian journalist wins obscenity trial

A Zambian journalist on trial for distributing obscene materials has been acquitted. The news editor at The Post newspaper was arrested in mid-2009 after she sent the country’s vice-president photos of a woman giving birth in a hospital car park without medical assistance during a national health workers' strike. Chansa Kabwela told Reuters the woman's family had taken the pictures and given them to her newspaper to draw attention to the impact of the strike. Because the pictures were not publishable, she had sent them to government officials in the hope that they would stop the strike. Zambia’s President Rupiah Banda then condemned The Post for circulating what he called pornographic material. Read more: Reuters, The Guardian

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