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wuglet Wed 09-Sep-09 14:48:55

Sorry will try and find a proper link for this but have C+P the story

for that poor woman - and even more sad that baby didn't survive

Carpark birth deemed pornographic (08/09/2009)
An attempt to highlight failures in Zambia's health service has resulted in a court case for the journalists concerned.
The news editor of Zambia's leading newspaper The Post is facing charges of attempting to corrupt public morals after circulating photographs of a woman giving birth in a carpark.

The images were taken by a relative of the Zambian woman, who had been turned away from three health service providers before being forced to attempt childbirth in a carpark. The medical staff were on strike over poor conditions and pay, resulting in a stark lack of resources.

The photographs were sent to the news desk at The Post, showing the woman in distress while attempting a breach birth. News editor Chansa Kabwela decided not to publish the photographs in the newspaper, but instead circulated the images to a number of agencies and officials in an attempt to highlight the poor state of medical services in the country.

Ms Kabwela now faces charges of disseminating pornographic images and attempting to corrupt public morals. However, she maintains that her intention was only to "illustrate how had things had got in the public health sector". She faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The woman shown in the images has survived her ordeal, although her child did not. The medical strike continues, amid growing criticism from The Post at the government's handling of the crisis.

wuglet Wed 09-Sep-09 14:52:13

link - didn't realise this was a couple of weeks old now but can't see a thread on it.

PeedOffWithNits Wed 09-Sep-09 18:06:18

how sad

Lizzylou Wed 09-Sep-09 18:09:21

That is horrific.
How utterly awful.

BethNoire Wed 09-Sep-09 18:10:00


Poor mother and baby, poor Jpurnalist and a stern glare at health workers qwho turned her away- I cannot imagine a circumstance so poor I could even consider that action.

MrsSantoslovestheBBC Wed 09-Sep-09 18:12:48

FFS that is just appalling - Poor woman sad

LuluMaman Wed 09-Sep-09 18:13:06

So,a baby dies due to lack of healthcare facilities.and the newspaper editor is being attacked for publishing pornography.that is one messed up moral compass

poor, poor woman.attempting a breech birth in a car park whilst health workers strike, that ends in a dead baby.. makes the blood run cold

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