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After three years of negotiations, the voluntary self-regulation body was finally launched.
Abram Banda, Cephas Phiri, and Use Mukalipi, were jailed for three years with hard labour for committing aggravated robbery on a television crew from the privately-owned Muvi TV.
In a petition delivered to US Ambassador Mark Storella,journalists complained of physical and verbal abuse by embassy security.
Journalists were verbally and physically assaulted when they attempted to cover a hearing in a court case involving a former minister of labour and social security.
The Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Tourism said the law, once implemented, will contribute in changing the culture of secrecy that characterises Zambian public institutions.
The Zambian Watchdog news website, for which reporter George Zula works, is under investigation for allegedly leaking an e-mail that had serious political consequences.
As election results are expected, IPI calls on future government to respect press freedom.
The three-person news crew and driver were violently assaulted as they were covering elections in the Kanyama constituency.
Dainess Nyrienda, Annita Kalwani, Emmanuel Kaluba, and Edward Ntele were assaulted by a crowd of MMD supporters while investigating allegations of illegal land seizures by party cadres in Nakachenje.
Despite recent promises, the government is trying to control the flow of information ahead of elections, IPI says.
The government has warned that it will revoke operating licences of all radio stations airing political campaign songs before the date of the tripartite elections is announced.
In one incident, camera operator Cuthbert Miti was surrounded, beaten and pushed around by a mob which attemped to confiscate his camera equipment.
The vice president said the government does not want statutory regulation for the time being.
The leader of the Patriotic Front, Michael Sata, threatened editors at the "Zambia Daily Mail" over a story the newspaper published about him.
The government will not re-open Radio Lymabai until investigations into its alleged involvement in the broadcast of seditious materials are completed.
Radio Lyambai Assistant Station Manager Nyambe Muyumbana, who was arrested and detained for allegedly running seditious material, was released on bail.
Security forces reportedly seized a console and two computers from Radio Lyambai, halting the station's operations, IPI sources said.
According to "The Post", supporters of the United Party for National Development (UPND) were bitter about the manner in which the newspaper had been covering the party.
Radio Lyambai denied allegations that it was planning to host an opposition leader to discuss a controversial issue on one of its programmes.
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MMD youth chairperson Chris Chalwe was sentenced to one year in prison with hard labour for common assault.