Government has re-emphasised the need for the media to come up with a self-regulating mechanism that will protect the public from fake news and sensational journalism.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo says it is important for media self-regulation mechanism to be backed by law if it is to succeed.
Mr. Kasolo was speaking in Lusaka today when he officially opened the National Media Indaba on Media self-regulation.
He also urged media practitioners to come up with sustainable funding mechanism and put up a clause that will only allow the law to be amended during annual general meetings.
Meanwhile Media Liaison Committee Chairperson Enock Ngoma said the need for professionalism and good ethical practices for media in Zambia is critical.
Mr. Ngoma said the meeting will look at the need for the media to self-regulate and appealed to the government to protect the media from harassment from political party cadres.
He also thanked the ministry of information for having an open-door policy towards discussing issues that affect the media and finding a lasting solution towards sustaining media operations and ethical conduct.