The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Shejal Pulivarti:
Today, Administrator Samantha Power began a multi-day trip to Zambia where she will meet with government, civil society, and private sector representatives to discuss the U.S.-Zambia relationship, highlight the U.S. government’s support for Zambia’s democratic advances, and speak to Zambians about the ongoing food security crisis made worse by Russia’s war against Ukraine.
After arriving in Lusaka, the Administrator spent the afternoon meeting with local journalists and civil society media advocates to discuss efforts to further advance press freedom, access to information, and freedom of expression in Zambia. The small group of journalists and advocates shared what they view as key media reform priorities and discussed the Zambian government’s actions related to media freedom.
Administrator Power reaffirmed that protecting and promoting a vibrant independent media is crucial to any thriving democracy, and underscored that the U.S. government endorses Zambia's efforts to further institutionalize media freedom and access to information reforms to strengthen Zambia’s democracy.