Media just a mirror of society; don’t break it – Sinjela

RAINBOW Newspaper editor-in-chief Derrick Sinjela who is serving an 18 months sentence for contempt of court says he hopes that he will released on Presidential pardon.
Sinjela was jailed last year by the Supreme Court for contempt of court over remarks he made in the Savenda Vs Stanbic Bank Case.
He accused the Supreme Court judges of being corrupt in the way they handled the Savenda appeal.
Speaking when journalists visited him at Lusaka Central Correctional Facility also known as Chimbokaila yesterday, Sinjela who was in high spirits, said the media was a mirror of society which should not be broken.
He said journalists should always strive to make a change in society because they were a mirror of society.
“The media is just a mirror of the society. So people should not take issue with the media but regard it as a gaze,” Sinjela said.
Asked how he was coping, Sinjela said he was adapting to the prison environment but said it was poor.
“We are over 70 in my room and that is better. Others are above 100 per room. We are subjected to stay in the rooms from 16:00 hours to 08:00 hours the following day,” Sinjela said. “We are kept in the rooms from late afternoon up to the following day because inmates used to escape.”
He said his wife and daughter visit him on Wednesdays and Sundays, which keeps him going.
Sinjela advised journalists to remain resolute in the execution of their duties.
He expressed gratitude that journalists visited him and disclosed that he was writing a book titled ‘The Press, Prison and the Presidency’.
The Supreme Court last year also jailed Gregory Chifire, currently in exile, to six years imprisonment with hard labour for contempt of court relating to the same Savenda case.
The Supreme Court last month fined CiSCA chairperson Bishop John Mambo K25,000 or in default serve nine months simple imprisonment for contempt of court.

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