MISA Zambia tells Luapula province minister to stop harassing journalists

MISA Zambia is saddened with reports of harassment and threats on Prime TV journalist Jubilee Malambo by Luapula Province Minister Nixon Chilangwa in Luapula.

 MISA Zambia is equally concerned with reports that IWave Radio Station Manager was picked up for questioning by police in Chingola.

MISA Chairperson Hellen Mwale said We take the harassment and threats issued on citizens especially journalists very serious and wish to remind honorable Chilangwa that as a law maker, he has a responsibility to uphold the law at all times and seek to promote media freedom and allow the media to operate freely without harassment”.

And Ms. Mwale states that IWave Station manager Lucy Kaonga was on Friday picked up by the police in Chingola for questioning following a radio programme that was aired after news broke out that Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) had allegedly discharged Sulphur dioxide which left 42 employees and several pupils from KCM Nchanga Trust Secondary School hospitalized.

“We are concerned with the concurrent incidents of harassment and intimidation towards Journalists who are simply doing their work of informing citizens on events that are transpiring around them. These acts are going against the desire of the Zambian President who views media as a partner in development and platform for engagement between citizens and its duty bearers”. She expressed.

She has urged all politicians and the police service to exercise maximum restraint as the media are merely carriers of news and must be left to operate in a free environment void of harassment and intimidation for the benefit of the public.

Meanwhile MISA Zambia has noted that the suspension of the operating license of Lutanda Radio of Northern Province for airing a programme bordering on tribal remarks which has a potential to create disunity in the country and threaten its peace.

MISA has called on all media houses in Zambia to be platforms for furthering peace, unity and dialogue that is issue based and not tribal in nature because this is not only a danger to national peace but is also unconstitutional.

By: Mumba Tailashi

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