A civil rights activist has charged that continuous attacks on the former President Rupiah Banda by the Post Newspaper are an infringement of his personal rights.
Brebner Changala challenged the Newspaper to come out in the open and state that it was the only Newspaper which has the right to openly comment on national issues.
He said it was unfair that the Newspaper was blatantly abusive of the former president but had never given him space to air his views, as decent journalism demands.
“These people can’t leave RB alone. What is the issue between them and RB? The whole world knows that it’s personal and why can’t they just tell him what it is that he has done to them. Everyone is laughing at them and they think they are champions yet they are just displaying their inhuman behavior.
“This is inhuman and a total infringement on RB’s human rights. One thing they must know is that the former head of state has a stake like anybody else in this country. We must not use Newspapers to mercilessly assault the freedoms and liberties of individuals,” he said.
Changala observed that it was sad that the Post have never given RB the right to reply but instead humiliated him with continuous scorn and slander.
He appealed to decent political parties and church mother bodies to help and stop the un-Zambian culture coming from the Newspapers.
The civil rights activist said president Banda might have committed certain errors but it was not for the Post to crucify him and he appealed to the editors to revisit their hatred for the former head of state, and many others whom they continue to vilify.
Changala said the people talking ill about president Banda might have personal scores to settle but they were doing it the wrong way as they were punching him while both hands were folded.
Changala was reacting to an editorial in the Post Newspaper published yesterday, and descridbed the fight as unfair.