The news editor of the largest independent daily newspaper in Zambia, The Post, is being prosecuted for distributing obscene materials. Her crime? During a recent doctors’ strike Chansa Kabwela sent the country’s vice-president and health minister and NGOs photographs of a woman forced to give birth outside a hospital. The woman had been turned away from two medical clinics and the graphic images, taken by the women’s husband, show her on the ground, legs spread, delivering the fetus in a breach position. The woman survived, the baby suffocated. Zambia’s president, Rupiah Banda, denounced the photographs as pornographic and the government’s outrage is focused not on a failed public health system which forces women to give birth on the street but on Kabwela’s attempt to bring the case to their attention.… Seguir leyendo »
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