Thursday, February 22, 2024

State House announces measures to curb fake online media statements

Share

Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations to the President Mr Amos Chanda(right) stresses a point during a press briefing held at Ministry of Information and Broadcasting services board room .Looking on is The Ministry's Permanent Secretary Mr Godfrey Malama (centre) and Zambia News and Information Services Director Mr Patrick Lungu (left)
Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations to the President Mr Amos Chanda(right) stresses a point during a press briefing held at Ministry of Information and Broadcasting services board room .Looking on is The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Mr Godfrey Malama (centre) and Zambia News and Information Services Director Mr Patrick Lungu (left)

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.

Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations to the President Mr Amos Chanda(right) stresses a point during a press briefing held at Ministry of Information and Broadcasting services board room .Looking on is The Ministry's Permanent Secretary Mr Godfrey Malama (centre) and Zambia News and Information Services Director Mr Patrick Lungu (left)
Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations to the President Mr Amos Chanda(right) stresses a point during a press briefing held at Ministry of Information and Broadcasting services board room .Looking on is The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Mr Godfrey Malama (centre) and Zambia News and Information Services Director Mr Patrick Lungu (left)

 

58 COMMENTS

  1. This is a sorry “Team”…. and this will curb online media fake news ??? really? How many people even listen or watch any of your state media ? Please just stick to your Cholera and Corruption Sir. The Views on most articles Online far surpass the circulation of Times and Daily combined.

    • Ludicrous.

      Does Amos ‘s statements get played by Mr Lungu.

      I find them juvenile’sh.

      I hold a PhD

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

    • If you don’t watch or listen to State Media then you are free to continue listening to fake news. There is just so much stupidity by Zambians – the abuse of social media have reached toxic levels for these low life characters.

    • Welcome to the modern world Amos. People are yearning for freedom of expression and the press while in your small mind you think you still live in Stone Age. Get over it.

    • Every country has it’s own rules of the game. US is not the standard for the whole world. It’s ridiculous to make US as standard to everything. I bet Upnd will be coping everything from if they will ever form government.

    • Amos chanda likes playing with wire cars,,,, this is the worse presidential spokesman zambia has ever had,,
      Now I miss that mwaiche chella

    • @Ndobo, walasa boy! Umwaiche Chella was good, Facebooking like ihule. You remember he even hired kids at internet cafes to chat on Sata’ wall?
      Now with this Amos, he can’t respond to Kalaba online, he said he sent Telegram.

    • Its a good move because without confirmation from these media houses,the would be stories will be treated as fakes.

    • *BREAKING NEWS*

      PRESIDENT LUNGU ORDERS CHANGES

      Nyimba, (Wednesday, 3th December, 2018)

      President Lungu has made the following changes, and the reshuffles are with immediate effect.

      President Lungu has instructed Secretary to Cabinet Dr. Roland Msiska, to make the necessarily adjustments and arrangements in accordance with the changes.

      At State House President Lungu has replaced State House Political and Economic Advisors with Kelvin Fube and Highvie Hamududu respectively. He has also appointed Mr Bonny Kapeso as new Inspector General of Police, with Mr Kakoma Kanganja being sent to head the Ethiopian Mission in Addis.

      -President Lungu has retained the Ministry of Agriculture to himself as Cabinet Minister

      -Hon. Vincent Mwale becomes Foreign Affairs Minister

      – Hon…

    • Ba Kwindi babwela pa LT. Bafuma muchani or is it morning sickness? Why did they not comment on the Kalaba hot topic? Fusekeni. Mulusa firing after wheelbarrows rant, Kalaba resignation and Corruption allegations in Koswe’s govt, 3-0. Fusekeni ba kwindi naba koswe!

    • That’s the reason govt has to sort out social media. It’s brings out fake news and it seems fake news is what excites the opposition. I know some of you will believe it. You hate the truth from znbc news room and entertain fakes .

    • Mr Presidential Advisor on Public Relations and Press, just tell the people that because of your mal-administration, you have been overwhelmed by secret leakages from State House including the “mini cabinet reshuffle” which we read about this week. And mostly, these leakages emanate from you people working within State House. Just say you want to close the Facebook, Whatsapp and other social media channels

  2. Why is Mr. Chanda acting as though he was a VP or Minister, he appears to be more powerful in his capacity as an Assistant for Press, not even Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the White House has shown such power as a spokesperson, going even to an extent of instructing police to arrest people. Isn`t he misusing his position?
    All the actions taken are self-centred to protect themselves, but I guess the focus should be on protecting the Zambian People.

    • It explains how things are being run now.. Amos is not even at PS level but Ministers, PS s etc are scared of him because of the powers his boss has indirectly given him. The last time he was chairing similar meeting with the Health Minister?? Ba Chitalu and group we know you need jobs but do not lose your dignity. Did you ever see any previous Press Aide chairing such meetings?

    • Remember this article, it said it all on who is running Zambia;
      “Chanda who was seemingly concerned about the media backlash said he had already instructed the public media to stop any form of coverage.
      “We need to manage what comes out of the media…otherwise abantu must not be fed on this ka HH. We discussed naba Mwamba how we must handle the who thing. We managed to turn the incident in Mongu against UPND. A ka perfect opportunity presented itself kaili nomba balamba ukupapata and they will now recognize P1 as President,” said Chanda.
      Chanda who was drinking Savannah dry, also mocked the UPND vice president GB Mwamba.
      “Chilya chipuba chi GBM instead chibwele twise lya nacho,” Chanda said.”

    • Simply look at Amos…how these fooooools forget that they are civil servants, one would mistake him for a politician!!

    • Inonge is fossilized and also torn between position and fighting for her Barotse tribesmen and the short-lived incentives. Cipuba banakulu aba.

  3. When are they going to put measures to curb down on their lieing…BUFFOON CK tried this with Chinese technology and lamentably failed.
    They have been got pants and worried about who exposed them.

  4. State media confirming all communication from state house does not make sense. Your team at state house should be on alert to instantly counter false news. It has taken you 2 days to take action. Zambians expect that news coming from the Presidency has to be trusted at first instance, if it turns out it’s false you are expected to counter it within 15 minutes if your team is working as expected.

  5. PF and sata were the first to boast about stealing ot buying state news even before it is out of state house , so watch out you can not hide the truth shall always come out and transparency requires that details are given , we know you state media take away the truth , but lies are lies and the truth is the truth, so you have afew more years to face this .

    Stop stealing that we re are saying and making dumb deals with Chinese more especially and remembers we are the masters of your masters , as i gave him my vote , so he is my servant so just bare that in mind , we can mobilize for vote of no confidence. Change , we are not like your cadres who hide names , you all here , we dont fear you at all

  6. “ZANIS, ZNBC and state owned newspapers will be confirming official statements from State House within 30 minutes of being issued,” my foot!!!!!!!Who ever checks ZANIS website for any news bulletins, if the even have one? Who will wait for ZNBC compromised News at 13.15, 18.00, 2000hrs to confirm anything? Who will wait for Daily Mail and Times to report the following day for news?

    If President Lungu is really serious to beat fake news, he should emulate Trump tweet strategy. But that is not the case. PF always looks for slightest of opportunities to make a big kill through corrupt activities. So, soon you will hear that in the name of fake news, they will import fake equipment to do a capture fake news outlets, and meantime siphon millions of dollars. Malabishi!!!!!!!

  7. Amos, your instruction or policy statement is not yet on ZNBC website unless I don’t know how to navigate it. I need a serious comment from yourself, ZNBC and the Ministry

  8. It is hard to curb fake news when you’re trying to protect your reputation at the same time. The better your rapport, the easier it is to dispel any lies that perpetrators might try to spread.

    Only the guilty live in fear, always pre-occupied about what is being said about them. Real leaders have a code of ethics: credibility, good governance and the rule of law. That is the best remedy against fake news.

  9. @Shameless;who cares if you fi upnd cadres do not watch ZNBC?wonders will never end in life!!KEEP ON READING FAKE NEWS ONLINE AND SEE WHERE THAT WILL TAKE YOU!!!
    This is a very good move by State house.God says “only the truth can set you free!!”so we need true information for us to make proper decisions!!
    FI UPND DEPEND ON LIES AND THATS WHY THEIR KAINDE KEEP ON LOSING ELECTIONS!!i recall how upnd leadership spread lies that upnd has taken up popularity in Lusaka and copperbelt due to hard life,load shedding,miners who lost jobs,etc in 2015&2016!!all HH’blind followers believed those lies spread by Fred M’membe and Larry Mweetwa online and in M’membe’s newspaper.there was huge hope in upnd based on lies.BUT AFTER VOTING,THE TRUE RESULTS CAME OUT AND IT WAS TEARS IN UPND CAMP AS…

  10. This will be hard because there are so many fans of fake news such as Dog Wachers in Zambia and their idols from their neigbouring province! They are buddies in tribal stuff!

  11. At least we will once again say “Wailesi taibepa”!!! Too much “Fake News”, “Kachepa” on social media. You know what, I received a posting on WhatsApp about Cabinet Reshuffles this evening! I was skeptical until I verified with my CREDIBLE SOURCE, whose silence indicated what I received as “BREAKING NEWS” was in fact “FAKE NEWS”! Bravo State House! For once we will receive real Breaking News!

    • Yes, as long as it is not fictitious. A news “reporter” is not a news “maker”. No wonder we get fake news. A reporter is the “eye” of the scene, the “ear” of the conversation and the “nose” of the scent. He/she portrays to the reader the truth of what transpired, and not what they think. That could be ghetto journalism

  12. The idea of dividing tribes by the bantustan minion UPND is not a welcome move. Lungu has messed and disappointed all the citizens. HH is a bitter politician who is a business sold mines and has plans of auctioning citizens and the country. This puts him out of the gameas HH is at the center of promoting tribalism.

    Thank you!

  13. One CREDIBLE News Item is that used motor vehicle duty this time will be predictable, making planning possible!!! – From Credible Source!

  14. Politics people, be careful. UPND is hiding their tribal tag in order to gain popularity, otherwise UPND leadership have tribalism hidden in their DNA.

    Thank you!

  15. Good move.
    All who seek official communication can now verify by counter checking with MIBS and ZANIS websites when in doubt.
    Let the UPND continue feeding themselves on cheap lies.They need the lies to be relevant.
    As for those propagating fake news,a day is coming when they will be victims big time.

  16. Why is BOZ accepting a Mostwana to head Stanbic when Botswana Central Bank rejected Sonny Zulu a Zambian??

    Dear Editor,

    – Botswana rejected a Zambian Sonny Zulu as head of Standard Chartered Botswana because he is foreigner

    – Two months later, Botswana sends its citizen to head Stanbic and Zambia proudly accepts him and processes his papers fast, fast!!

    The recent events of how we are allowing foreigners to take over the affairs of our country is concerning.

    I am a Zambian living in Botswana. About two months ago, we heard through the media that the Bank of Botswana had turned down the appointment of a Zambian Banker as CEO for Stanchart Botswana simply because he was not a Motswana.

    This story was widely covered in Botswana –

    • You are just being childishly xenophobic. How do you know he was rejected because he is a Zedian? Pantu mu concluda

  17. Kabwas. Why is BOZ accepting a Mostwana to head Stanbic when Botswana Central Bank rejected Sonny Zulu a Zambian??

    Dear Editor,

    – Botswana rejected a Zambian Sonny Zulu as head of Standard Chartered Botswana because he is foreigner

    – Two months later, Botswana sends its citizen to head Stanbic and Zambia proudly accepts him and processes his papers fast, fast!!

    The recent events of how we are allowing foreigners to take over the affairs of our country is concerning.

    I am a Zambian living in Botswana. About two months ago, we heard through the media that the Bank of Botswana had turned down the appointment of a Zambian Banker as CEO for Stanchart Botswana simply because he was not a Motswana.

  18. This is not about of or upnd people its about us as a country Zambia. What do we think over this? Is it a good move or not stop this attitude of pointing each other please its irritating.

  19. You see I told you Appy Apple never stays in the bottle. I mean, we have already forgotten about Hon Kalaba havent we? Now he remains former foreign minister and quickly forgotten without even gaining a much needed vote for hh from yesterdays hype, amazing!!

  20. Amos Chanda does not want people to talk about rampant corruption in PF. Mind you we are in the 21st century we will still find space to talk pantu Zambia teyanyoko.

    • That’s what happens when your language isn’t on the internet. It autocorrects you wrongly. Ne Mwine wake nakamba ati
      Kolwe mu mpoto
      I repost:
      Tubemba NATO kuononga malanguage ya antu ena! Its not teyanyoko. Its siyanyoko. Yaba!

  21. @Njimbu .. supports the curb. In reality, if we were to accept such primitive moves, it is the diatribes and nauseating hate filled rantings that Njimbu himself/herself pouts, that would have to be curbed.

  22. PLEASE IGNORE THIS POST
    State House has just been informed that Lusaka Times is running a story that it has announced measures to curb fake online media statements.
    Please consider it as ‘Fake News’
    Amos Chanda

  23. We need to curb PF first! They are clueless chaps who don’t understand what it takes to run a nation! Nincompoops!

  24. To all whistle blowers and government investigative wings. Please follow up a Chinese transport company called transcanos in Lusaka behind Sandies Creation along Kafue Road. The same Chinese owners, a Mr.Yang used to transport a lot of Mukula for suspected politicians and Chinese business men. They are also friends to Minister Zayelo G. Lubinda and would boast about it that they are untouchable because of their connections. They have a fleet of Chinese trucks called Shacman that transport goods throughout Southern Africa and Cops in the anti mukula theft unit are well aware as they would visit those premises, open the containers of mukula and from there I don’t know what would be agreed upon but after a few days the trucks would leave for export.

  25. Personally I do not take everything that I read on social media as gospel truth until I hear or read it in the state-owned media

  26. Not a fan of Museveni and when he clumped social media prior to elections I thought he was out of his mind. Now I fully appreciate why he did it. Still not happy with him that he manipulated the constitution to facilitate his candidature for the next elections, it’s low life.

Comments are closed.

Read more

Local News