The United States Embassy in Zambia have responded to Post Newspaper story attributed to Ambassador Schultz entitled “ Lungu Appears to have a Health Problem”. In its statement posted on the United States Embassy Zambia page, the US Embassy insists Ambassador Schultz’s wished President Lungu a speedy recovery, praised Zambia’s recent peaceful election, and encouraged the Government of the Republic of Zambia to dialogue with mining companies to come to a win-win resolution over mining taxation issues. The US Embassy vehemently disagree with The Post’s article title, “Lungu Appears to Have a Health Problem” because that was not the point of the Ambassador’s statements.
The US Embassy in Zambia has advised that Ambassador Schultz was quoted out of context by the Post Newspaper in its publication of Thursday 12th March 2015. This was all done because of the deep-seated hatred they harbour for Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. With the Post Newspaper’s apparent sadism, they will quote out of context any source, especially credible ones, just to fit their narrative.
Our advice to Ambassador Schultz and others is that the Post Newspaper has lost what once made them the paper of choice and that is credibility as they nolonger seem to care about ethics associated with the journalism profession. Sadly, the only discernible difference between the Post Newspaper and online publications dedicated to hate speech and slander is that while the Post’s location is synonymous, that of these online publications remain anonymous. Otherwise they are one and the same, driven by personal vendetta and hatred against the person of His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
Morality demands that the Post Newspaper publicly apologizes to the US Embassy, its Ambassador Mr. Schultz and the Zambian public whom they sought to mislead and misinform.
Issued by: Sunday Chanda (Mr)
Vice Chairperson: PF Media and Publicity Committee