Zambia’s Gossip Girl

Even as a child, I knew Zambia was a media dictatorship. No one dared say too much that criticised the government; and anyway, where did we get our daily news? Two sources — a nationalised newspaper, and a nationalised television station, both of which were (and apparently continue to be) government mouthpieces. The ZNBC news at 7pm and 9pm dutifully rattled off the schedule of meetings that party members attended, panning the bored audience of attending ministers (some soundly sleeping) as Kaunda or some other dignitary expounded on the merits of the One-Party Participatory Democracy. Sneaking in a shot of a sleeping party member during a 3-hour speech was as revolutionary as things were going to get. Continue reading