GOVERNMENT has called on the Zambia Police to take all available measures to protest any form of violence against the media.
Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Chishimba warned political parties that the government would not tolerate any form of violence against the media.
Dr Kambwili said this through his deputy Forrie Tembo in Choma during the launch of the third Radio Station being called Choma Maanu Radio Station.
“It is sad that the journalists are sometimes harassed and threatened with violence when performing their duties, but as a government we wish to warn all political parties that we will not tolerate any form of violence against the media.
“I wish to appeal to the Police to take available measures to protect journalists and equipment,” Dr Kambwili said.
Dr Kambwili said the government supports plurality of view that was why the nation had moved from one broadcasting station to 90 radio stations and 18 television stations.
He assured the management of the Choma Maanu Radio station that his Ministry was ready to provide the much needed information to disseminate to the people.
He expressed happiness that the new station has been able to win the hearts of the listeners on account of its all-inclusiveness and community driven programming and news coverage.
He has since urged the management to aspire for the highest level of ethical and professional standards in their work.
Speaking at the same function Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) board member Hilda Akekelwa said the new station had been licenced to broadcast in English, Tonga, Nyanja and Bemba.
“This is just as well because the station was operating in a multi-lingual society,” Akekelwa said.
She urged the Radio Station to speak positively about society and to avoid vices such as violence and hate speech.
Choma Maanu Station Director Patrick Kamwi said the idea of the Radio Station started in 2014 by a group of people in Choma.
Mr Kamwi assured the government that it would endeavour to promote its goal of informing, educating and entertaining.
He paid tribute to the government for encouraging private sector development.
The station has employed 30 staff, some of which were reporters, producers, and continuity announcers.