Freedom of the Press

Zambia

Zambia

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Not Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)

65

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

24

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

19

During the run-up to elections in 2001, the government increased press-freedom abuses. State-funded media were monitored and harshly warned. Private newspapers were threatened and journalists arrested for "defaming" the president. The repeated challenges of journalists generated self-censorship, though courts dropped some charges of criminal libel. As widely contested elections neared, the pressure on journalists was reduced slightly at the end of the year.