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PF, UPND officials to grace Zambia Monitor’s discussions on social media regulation, free speech


Award-winning online newspaper, Zambia Monitor, is set to host a discussion on the potential impacts of social media regulations on free speech and digital rights on X Open Spaces this Thursday.

The discussion is sponsored by USAID, in collaboration with FHI 360, and Internews.

The panel will feature Current Affairs Analyst and Media Consultant, Mike Sichula, United Party for National Development (UPND) Deputy Youth Information Chairperson, Charles Kabwita, and Patriotic Front Information Publicity Secretary, Munalula Moola.

Read More: Zambia Monitor named winner of Advothon pitch targeting media freedom, digital rights

Participants would have the chance to engage directly with the speakers, ensuring a dynamic and interactive session.

This event provides the public with an opportunity to gain insights into one of the most pressing issues, aiming to offer a comprehensive understanding of the implications of social media regulations.

Zambia Monitor, a pan-African online multimedia newspaper, was named the winner of a $10,000 pitch for an Advothon project aimed at enhancing the ability of human rights defenders and media associations to advocate for digital rights, freedom of expression, and media freedom in Zambia.

The Advothon is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under its Open Spaces Zambia (OSZ) activity.

“The project aims to build independent and new media, safeguard a space for activists, Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), and contending voices to protect the democratic space in Zambia,” the sponsors had noted.

“We believe every voice counts and every voice should be amplified to advocate for media freedom in the country,” the Zambia Monitor leadership had outlined in its original submissions to the organizers.

The award represents a major milestone for the young news platform, as it was won in its first year of existence.

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