GOVERNMENT remains committed to enacting the Freedom of Information Bill but will do so cautiously, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili has said.
The minister said in an interview yesterday that Government would like to open up and allow citizens to have access to information but is concerned that some media organisations are focused on making it fail instead of providing credible checks and balances.
“We as Government have not declined to enact the Access to Information Bill, but we want to do so cautiously.
“Despite the existence of the Zambia Media Council (ZAMEC), which is supposed to perform as a watchdog to ensure that media organisations conforms to the law, nothing is being done,” he said.
Mr Kambwili, who is also chief government spokesperson, said media organisations do not want to regulate themselves and to instil discipline.
Meanwhile, Mr Kambwili has supported the government of Botswana for rejecting the Freedom of Information Bill to preserve the secrets and security of the nation.
The Bill, which was recently tabled by Gaborone Central legislator Dumelang Saleshando, was rejected by parliament.
“In a way you can agree with them, the situation in Europe and Africa is different,” Mr Kambwili said.