Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Dora Siliya has urged journalists to quickly formulate a self -regulatory media council that will save journalism from total collapse in Zambia.
Ms Siliya has expressed dismay that some owners of newspapers are masquerading as journalists and writing opinionated articles in their publications.
She says government expects trained Journalists to set themselves apart from other communications.
Ms Siliya says society also expects journalists to follow their code of ethics which state that opinion should be different from fact and should belong to different columns of the newspaper.
She said this through a speech read for her by Press and Media Development Director Isaac Chipampe during the closing ceremony of the USA sponsored journalism training at National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA).
And United states of America Ambassador to Zambia, Daniel Foote said his government is in support of media freedom.
Mr. Foote said his government has supported over 200 journalists and will continue to train more.