The Zambia Police on
Friday ordered the government department that controls the internet to hack the
website of the Watchdog and emails, according to claims published on the Zambian Watchdog website:
This is in the ongoing hunting down of Watchdog writers and
sources by the government authorities.
The police took a court order
issued by Judge Gregory Phiri last week to The Zambia Information and
Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) and demanded that the hacking
They compelled ZICTA to hack the website, and emails of editors
and people they suspect to be sources of the Watchdog.
website and its emails are hosted and controlled in Europe and thereby outside
the jurisdiction of ZICTA and Zambia police. But due to the amount of bloody
money that has been staked to destroy the Watchdog and the pressure being
exerted on it, ZICTA will do anything even if it means breaching international
The police hope they can trace the source of information for the
Watchdog and also the IP addresses of its readers who post