Lusaka - A Zambian court on Tuesday acquitted a freelance journalist who was arrested and charged with possessing pornographic materials two years ago.
Clayson Hamasaka, 44, was arrested in July 2013 and charged with the offence of possession of obscene materials after police raided his home and confiscated laptops.
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But magistrate Obister Musukwa found that the prosecution failed to prove that Hamasaka was responsible for obscene pictures, saying there was a possibility that his laptop could have been tampered with.
"There was more to this case than what the eye could see," said the magistrate.
"The laptop was not with the accused for some time and there is a possibility that obscene pictures could have been planted by other persons other than the accused and I find him not guilty of the offence and set him free," he said.
The journalist was one of three separately arrested during an apparent crackdown on writers ostensibly linked to the Zambian Watchdog, an online news outlet which publishes articles critical of the government.
The news site withholds its reporters' names to protect their identities.
Hamasaka said that his acquittal "is not victory for me, it's victory for every journalist."