PAZA president urges political leaders to tame their cadres
Press Association of Zambia (PAZA) has appealed to political party leaders to ‘tame’ their party cadres in 2014.
PAZA President Andrew Sakala who gave his reflections on 2013 bemoaned the violence on media personnel at the hands of party cadres.
Mr Sakala, who is a Times of Zambia employee based in Ndola, noted that violence on Journalists gripped them to fully execute their duties especially when covering political stories.
Mr Sakala was speaking in interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today.
He narrated that Journalists from both the electronic and print media suffered the ‘boot’ of the cadres hence the need for party leaders to restrain their cadres from engaging in violent acts.
“There was a lot of violence against Journalists in 2013. You recall how ZNBC and Muvi television reporters were manhandled by party cadres but this should not happen in 2014. I appeal to party presidents to restrain their cadres from barbaric acts,” Mr Sakala said.
Meanwhile, Mr Sakala has appealed to government to establish a Board at the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to oversee the general performance of the media fraternity.
The IBA was enacted in 2002 as one of the benchmarks towards attaining media reforms and later the then MMD administration amended it in 2010 but the PF has filled and answered its mandate to create media reforms.
He observed that the absence of the Board lead to the cancellation of broadcasting licenses for some privately owned radio and television stations across the country.
He further observed that without the board, powers regulating the media still lies in the Minister of Information of Broadcasting Services.
“If the IBA Board was in place, broadcasting licenses for private radio and television stations could not have been cancelled,” Mr Sakala said.
The PAZA president further appealed to the PF government to enact the Access to Information Bill (AIB) in accordance with the promises it gave the people of Zambia.
“Promise after promise, but we hope the PF government gives us the AIB next year,” Mr Sakala said.
He however, commended government for putting in place a Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) Board headed by Dr John Mulwila and engaging the IBA Director General Josephine Mapoma who got the job on merit.