Government has said it will take punitive measures against media institutions that frustrate the good image of the Government. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga threatened that Government will revoke licenses for media houses found wanting.
Mr Malupenga observed that though the public and private media houses enjoy access to freedom of information, some media institutions were working outside the confines of their operating licenses.
The Permanent Secretary said this when he featured on Radio Breeze FM live programme in Chipata yesterday.
Mr Malupenga said the media should not be used as medium for insulting the leadership of the country including Government officials, adding that doing so is frustrating government efforts hence the need for Journalists to uphold good values and ethical standards through factual reporting.
He said Journalists should act as agenda setters for members of the public to make bold and right decisions in the interest of the country’s economic growth.
Mr Malupenga is however, pleased that the media is taking a leading role in highlighting the country’s economic achievements aimed at promoting development.
He added that equipping the public media with new state of the art equipment is an on-going programme and assured that Government is making frantic efforts to addressing the matter.
The Permanent Secretary said Government is aware of the many challenges the public media are faced with particularly the Zambia News and Information Services