State House has taken measures to curb fake online media statements purportedly issued by President Edgar Lungu through his press aide.
To this effect, State House has today announced that from now onwards, all its press statements will be confirmed by the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS), the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and state owned newspapers.
Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda explained during a press briefing this afternoon that this move was meant to protect the integrity of government communication system.
Mr. Chanda said ZANIS, ZNBC and state owned newspapers will be confirming official statements from State House within 30 minutes of being issued.
He said the State House press office issues news items to ZANIS press office that consequently comes up with the news diary.
He stressed that that any departure from the said procedure is not from State House.
The Presidential Press aide has meanwhile bemoaned the abuse of digital media space by some people who broadcast messages of hate.
He pointed out that police and other security agencies that are charged with the responsibility of protecting cyber space should bring the scourge to a stop.
“I must first express great disappointment at the rampant acts of abuse of digital media space to broadcast message of hate. The police and other security agencies tasked with security of cyber space should bring this matter to an end,” he stated.
Mr. Chanda observed that while social media offers unlimited opportunity for people to interact, its abuse is not condoned.