The Press Association of Zambia, PAZA, says poor working conditions that journalists are subjected to are a threat to freedom of information.
PAZA vice president, Amos Chanda, told ZANIS in an interview today that reports that journalists in the private media were getting as low as K150, 000 were regrettable.
Mr Chanda observed that a free press could not exist with poor working conditions as journalists would not be motivated to work hard and save society diligently.
He added that good working conditions were an essential component in advancing calls to have a free press in the country.
He appealed to private media institutions to consider improving working conditions for journalists saying journalists played an important in the development of the country as they kept the nation informed on issues of national interest.
Mr. Chanda said PAZA would continue playing its advocacy role for better working conditions for journalists in the private media for the development media fraternity.
Mr. Chanda, however, said PAZA hoped that the Zambia Union Journalists and Zambia Union of Broadcasters and Information Disseminators, ZUBID, would quickly start negotiations with the managements in the private media.
On Sunday, Information and Broadcasting Minister, Ronnie Shikapwasha, called on the private media to improve working conditions saying some journalists were being paid as low as K150, 000 per month.