President Hakainde Hichilema has called on the media to safeguard as their work as a noble profession.
Speaking During the National Media Conference in Lusaka to celebrate the World Press Freedom Day President Hichilema said, no longer shall there be thuggery in the media as was the case in the past.
He said his Government shall continue to create a conducive environment for the media to operate by upholding ethical and professional standards.
And Mr. Hichilema emphasized the need for the media to execute its duties professionally, without fear, adding that no journalist shall be discriminated against by thugs or political cadres whether from the ruling or opposition party.
“Let’s get the job done for the good of the profession. Under this leadership, no journalist, no citizen will have to go through the roofs again”, he said.
And speaking at the same event Minister of Information Chushi Kasanda reaffirmed government efforts in restoring the independence of the Media.
Ms. Kasanda said the new dawn Government is committed to ensuring freedom of the Media is at the core of Governance.
She said the Ministry of Information is working hand in hand with the Media Liaison Committee to actualize the ZAMEC Bill, adding that more progress has been made in the actualization of the Access to Information Bill.
Meanwhile, the world Press Freedom Day was officially commemorated on Tuesday the 3rd of May, 2022 under the theme: media under surveillance.