Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Mike Mulongoti has urged contributors to foreign publications to refrain from writing falsehoods about Zambia just to make money.
Mr Mulongoti was reacting to two articles in the Germany media, one by a named Zambian doctor saying operating theatres had leaking roofs and that flies flew around during surgery, and another by a Germany celebrity who alleged that Zambians were so overwhelmed by the AIDS pandemic that people were unable to think about the next day.
â€œIt is not right for anyone to print falsehoods about Zambia.
They are damaging our reputation all because they want to be given money.
Such people are unpatriotic and their behaviour is bad,â€ he said.
Muvi TV managing director Steve Nyirenda made the articles available to the parliamentary committee on information and broadcasting last Friday.
Mr Nyirenda told the committee that such negative reports were damaging the countryâ€™s bid to attract foreign investors and tourists.
The German celebrity said there was â€œtoo much HIV/AIDS in Zambia for people to even think about the next day.â€
Mr Mulongoti, who is also chief government spokesperson, said false reports about any country were unpatriotic and bordered on the morality and integrity of the authors.
He said Zambia had achieved a lot in the health sector for anyone to begin making such falsehoods, which were â€œselfishâ€ and aimed at painting a bad picture of the country.
People were free to contribute to foreign publications but that they must ensure they gathered their facts instead of writing damaging reports based on falsehoods.
He said there was no country in the world that had been spared by HIV/AIDS but the context in which the Germany report was put was aimed at lowering the integrity of the Zambian people.
He said the fact that there were no restrictions as to what foreign correspondents could publish did not mean they should base their reports on falsehoods.
He said even if a story were negative it would still be respected if it represented the real picture on the ground.