News Blackout


As of this morning, the government has ordered all media to stop reporting on the election until the Electoral Committee has had a chance to properly release the results (see this and this).

It appears that the court ruling was given to maintain calm and order (because there’s so much speculation and rhetoric flying around, probably a lot of it fiction), however, I fear the injunction may backfire as a friend who lives close to the airport said he just heard youth were rioting and that the major street in Lusaka (Great East Road) has been lined with military police.  (Thank God for Skype — this is how we get real-time information.)  I hope the internet stays alive!  So far, so good.

Al Jazeera is reporting that the military police have been deployed and the roads to the State House (the Zambian version of the White House) have been blocked.

This just came from the U.S. Embassy:

The U.S. Embassy has confirmed reports of post-election violence in
Kitwe, Copperbelt Province.  Historically, violence in one area of the
Copperbelt rapidly spreads to other areas. 

If you are in Kitwe or elsewhere on the Copperbelt (Ndola, Chingola,
Luanshya, Mufulira, Kalalushi, or surrounding areas), you should remain
in your home or a safe location with the doors locked and away from
windows.  If you are outside of the Copperbelt, you should avoid the
area until calm has been restored. 


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7 Responses to News Blackout

  1. Mikey says:

    That money for guards may prove worthwhile after all!

  2. Mikey says:

    Maybe not to worry if we don’t hear from you in a bit. The Internet will go down. Then foreign journalists expelled. We’ll hear when you make it across the border.

  3. ang says:

    Are you on the road to the state house?

  4. Maureen Witte says:

    We watch Al Jazeera nightly so will check tonight if they broadcast anything about it on the version they send to the USA.

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