Nkana Constituency Member of Parliament Alexander Chiteme says the increased number of unprofessional media practitioners has compromised journalism in the country.
Mr Chiteme says as a result most edia houses have become biased in there reporting and has led to bringing hatred in society.
He has therefore called on the media houses to be factual in their reporting adding that if not adhered to it will render the media irrelevant in the dispensation of democracy.
ZANIS reports that the MP said this during the celebrations of press freedom day held at Ravens country club in Kitwe yesterday.
The celebrations which attracted public and private media practioners was held under the the theme: ” Critical minds for critical times: media’s role in advancing peaceful,just and inclusive societies”
And Press Association of Zambia President Andrew Sakala called for law markers to support the Access to Information Bill.
Mr Sakala urged journalist to always ensure that they promote peace and not conflict.
Mr Sakala said this year’s theme is a challenge to all media houses and personnel to be ethical in there reporting.
He said media practitioners in the country should remain loyal to the journalism profession.
And speaking at the same event Kitwe Mayor Christopher Kango’mbe said the journalism is a noble profession that helps society to learn what’s happening around the globe.
Mr Kango’mbe therefore urged journalists to take responsibility of their actions and not abuse the power they have.
He said they media should continue helping with what he termed as advancement of society.
The Kitwe based journalists celebrated their day at a colourful event with a number of notable figures in attendance including Kitwe District Commissioner, Luanshya Mayor Nathan Chanda and some Kitwe based councillors.