Gershom Ndhlovu

Gershom was a Zambian journalist, blogger and Global Voices author, passionate about media and internet freedom. In addition to running the Zambian exile political radio program CrossFire BlogTalkRadio, Gershom worked with Global Voices until shortly before his passing in 2015. We miss him dearly.

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Minister Wins Damages Against Zambian Gossip Website

  9 September 2013

In a US court, Zambia's Deputy Commerce Minister has won a lawsuit against Zambian gossip site Kachepa360. Critics fear that citizen media sites reporting on government activities may soon face similar challenges.

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Minister Ridiculed Over Website Closure Statement

  9 August 2013

Independent citizen media site the Zambian Watchdog switched to an Australian hosting company earlier this year in an effort to thwart attacks on the site. Readers ridiculed Zambia's Deputy Labor Minister when he mistakenly suggested that this would make the site accessible only in Australia.

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Another Journalist Arrested in Zambia

  19 July 2013

After Wilson Pondamali was arrested and his home searched by police, users reported that independent news site the Zambian Watchdog was inaccessible within Zambia.

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Journalist Charged With Sedition in Zambia

  11 July 2013

Zambian journalist Thomas Zgambo was arrested and charged with sedition on Tuesday. Another journalist, Clayson Hamasaka, was arrested but released without charges. Advocates suspect that both events were triggered by the journalists' association with the Zambian Watchdog, an independent citizen media outlet that has faced numerous threats from government officials in the past.

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Zambia: ISP Faces Backlash Over Blocked News Site

  4 July 2013

Zambian telecommunications company Airtel may be facing unintended consequences for allegedly having blocked access to popular citizen news website the Zambian Watchdog. Maiko Zulu, one of the nation’s popular musicians and a human rights advocate, wrote a letter to the Watchdog saying that he was dumping Airtel for blocking the citizen news website.

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Zambia: VP “Would Celebrate” Shutdown of News Site

  1 July 2013

Zambian Vice President Dr. Guy Scott recently told parliament he would celebrate if the Zambian Watchdog, an independent citizen media site, were to shut down. On the evening prior, it suddenly became difficult to access the Zambian Watchdog. Readers abroad claimed they could access the site, while those in Zambia reported they could not.

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Zambia: Chinese Experts to Monitor Internet?

  23 February 2013

The Zambian government has reportedly engaged Chinese experts to install a secret internet monitoring facility in the country. Information technology specialists from both the Office of the President and China are visiting communications service provider facilities to study their network architecture, in order to identify places in the network where authorities could develop interception capabilities, or a "backdoor" for monitoring. Both Zambian and Chinese authorities have declined to comment on reports about their cooperation.

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Zambia: Foreign Minister's Phone Tapped

  26 January 2013

Zambia's Foreign Minister, Given Lubinda, is under pressure to resign from the ruling Patriotic Front party. He is accused by the party's disciplinary committee of leaking information to online publications. The accusation is based on evidence that was allegedly gathered by wiretapping the minister's phone.

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