Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Kennedy Sakeni, says the Freedom of Information Bill (FoIB) is expected to be presented in Parliament in the first quarter of 2013.
Mr Sakeni revealed the development when he paid a courtesy call on Northern Province Permanent Secretary, Hlobotha Nkunika, in Kasama yesterday.
And Mr Sakeni has said that the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) will soon start operating at the Mass Media Complex in Luaska.
He added that the PF Government advocates for the freedom of the press because it is imperative, especially in a democratic dispensation that the media should be allowed to operate freely.
And Mr Sakeni has urged media practitioners to cover events freely and factually so that the nation is well informed
Meanwhile, Northern Province Permanent Secretary, Hlobotha Nkunika, has praised Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) workers in the area from good performance in informing the nation on the development in the area.
Mr Nkunika said he was happy with the hard working spirit exhibited by officers in the province despite being understaffed.
He, however, appealed to the minister to assist the department in the province with transport and state of the art equipment.
Mr Nkunika cited the non-availability of an editing suite for television content, saying the officers suffer a lot to process the news and pipe stories to the head office.
And commenting on the printing press under construction at Kasama’s ZANIS offices, Mr Nkunika said the progress is seen although the contractor has had problems of sourcing timber.
The Information Minister is in Northern Province for two days on a familiarization tour.