The Government has learnt with regret the reported violence against Journalists in Lusaka’s Chawama Township yesterday.
Information and Broadcasting Services and Chief Government Spokesperson Kampampa Mulenga has condemned the violence that is reported to have occurred during a joint operation by the Zambia Police, Zambia Medical Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) and Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) to clamp down on illegal drug stores in the area.
Four Journalists from the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and Muvi Television were yesterday beaten up and had their cameras damaged by some residents in Chawama as they filmed the operation.
Officers from DEC, ZAMRA and the police were also reported to have been beaten during the operation.
Ms Mulenga said the hooliganism and barbarism cannot be condoned in a democratic society.
“May I seize this opportunity to reiterate that the PF Government under the leadership of His Excellency the President Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu will not sit idle and allow the perpetrators of such crimes go unpunished,” Ms Mulenga said.
She has called upon all law enforcement agencies to ensure that they leave no stone unturned and bring all culprits behind these barbaric acts to book.
The Chief Government Spokesperson reiterated Government’s commitment to uphold and defend the rights of Journalists.
Ms Mulenga also reminded members of the public to always remember that Journalists need to be able to do their work without fear or intimidation.
She said Journalists have a responsibility to their audiences to gather news objectively and to report facts.