MINISTER of Information and Broadcasting Services Kampamba Mulenga (right) is saddened by alarming levels of unpatriotism among some Zambians who are using international media platforms to discredit the country.
Ms Mulenga, who is chief government spokesperson, urged both the private and public media to help counter fabricated stories on international media platforms to protect the image of the country.
She was speaking in Lusaka yesterday when she toured 5FM radio station.
“It is scary how some Zambians discredit the image of the country through international media,” Ms Mulenga said.
She said the private media is free to write stories that may not be in favour of Government but should do so in a professional, factual and ethical manner.
Ms Mulenga said the private media has a duty to provide checks and balances on the Government but that it should do so with civility.
She said her office will in the next one and a half months hold a media indaba aimed at further enhancing the relationship between journalists and the Government.
And Ms Mulenga urged the media in Lusaka to emulate the high levels of coordination and unity among journalists under the Livingstone Press Club.
And 5fm radio director Joe Phiri told the minister that some government departments take too long to pay for the services they receive from the radio station.
In response, Ms Mulenga said the upcoming media indaba will be the best platform to table the challenges and possible solutions that private media houses are facing.
And speaking when she toured One Love radio station, the minister commended the station for embarking on programmes aimed at improving access to information on the love of God.
Radio manager Kaluwa Tembo said the station is distributing solar-powered radio cassettes in rural parts of the country. The radio cassettes have in-build audio bibles in vernacular.
“We want to give out these radio cassettes countrywide but our transmission coverage is limited,” Ms Tembo said.