Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Chishimba Kambwili says public media institutions are objective in their reporting.
And with reference to ZNBC, Mr. Kambwili said unlike other media that are always reporting against government, ZNBC strives to cover all political parties.
Mr Kambwili, who is also Chief Government Spokesperson wonders why the Media Liason Committee is only talking against the public media when there are private papers that were biased towards some opposition political parties.
Mr. Kambwili says the duty of the public media is to serve the masses and ZNBC has been striving to do this.
Meanwhile, the Zambia Editors’ Network has expressed concern over the threats by the Media Liaison Committee to take the public media to court for allegedly not serving the interests of the public.
Zambia Editors’ Network Treasurer Kent Chanda says it is unfortunate that the Committee seems not to appreciate the independence of the public media organizations.
Mr. Chanda wonders why the committee is attacking the public media when it should be in the forefront of protecting the Freedom of all media institutions in the country.
He adds that if the committee takes the public or any other media institution to court in an unfair manner, his network will join the process to protect such media organization.
This according to a statement issued to ZNBC news on Monday.
And Patriotic Front-PF-Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri has castigated MISA Zambia for linking PF cadres to the beating of a journalist in Chipata, without verifying the reports with investigative wings.
Mrs. Phiri says she expects MISA-Zambia to be objective when dealing with sensitive matters.
She says MISA -Zambia should not show bias only when matters involve the Post Newspapers.
Mrs. Phiri has since challenged MISA-Zambia to take the matter to court if it has evidence against any PF Cadre linked to violence.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Phiri has advised MMD leader Nevers Mumba to follow the law whenever, he wants to hold a public meeting.
She says the Public Order Act is clear as it does not segregate.
Her comments come in the wake of Police action to disperse Dr Mumba’s meeting in Lundazi because the MMD leader had not notified the police over his meeting.