The Media Ethics Council of Zambia (MECOZ) has supported the directive by President Rupiah Banda for the Police to arrest the journalist who took pictures of a woman giving birth.
MECOZ chairperson Sister Rose Nyondo says the action by the photo-journalist should be condemned by all well-meaning Zambians as it destroys the morals of society.
St. Nyondo said journalists should promote and uphold the cultural values of the country instead of diminishing them.
She said nude pictures have no educational value to society and should never be a source of news.
St Nyondo urged journalists to listen to people’s advice on sustaining the morality of the nation.
Yesterday the President condemned the circulation of pornographic material in the name of trying to highlight the impact of the strike by health workers and directed law enforcement agencies to investigate the matter so that the culprits can be punished.
President Banda said that the fall in moral values in the country, and specifically the circulation of pornographic material by a newspaper organisation, came out strongly during a meeting he held with women’s organisations.
Mr Banda said that the Government recognised the critical importance of freedom of the media but that liberty should be matched with corresponding responsibility.
He said that Zambian laws clearly prohibited the circulation of pornography and the publication of a woman giving birth could not pass for good journalism.
“I hope that those responsible for the law will pursue this matter. Shame on you photographer, who took a picture of our mother naked,” he said.
The president challenged journalists and other media practitioners to examine their conscience, seek the truth and work towards promoting harmony in the country.