23 January 1998


Mwanza tortured in detention

Incident details

Frederick Mwanza



(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Sans Fronti=E8res is most concerned about the=
of Frederick Mwanza, a freelance journalist, who was served on 2 December
1997 with a presidential detention order allowing the police to hold him
indefinitely under the state of emergency currently in force in Zambia. The
journalist has been held for nearly two months, since his arrest on 14
November. According to his lawyer, Mwanza was tortured during interrogation
over several articles he had written critical of the government.

**Updates IFEX alerts of 31 December and 27 November 1997**

Background Information

Mwanza, who has in the past written several newspaper articles critical of
government policies, was detained on 14 November 1997 under the Preservation
of Public Security Act in connection with the failed coup of 28 October.
Authorities allege that Mwanza was present at a meeting finalising the coup
plot against the government of President Frederick Chiluba. While in prison,
Mwanza has been questioned about his writings (see IFEX alert).

Recommended Action

Send appeals to the president:

  • calling attention to the fact that Zambia has ratified the International
    Convenant on Civil and Political Rights, article 7 of which condemns
    torture or any cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and article 19 of
    which guarantees the freedom to inform and to be informed
  • calling for the immediate release of Frederick Mwanza if his detention=
    connected with his
    professional duties=20

    Appeals To

    President Frederick Chiluba
    President of the Republic of Zambia
    Lusaka, Zambia
    Fax: +260 1 221939

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris
    rsf (@) rsf.org
    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
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