Information and Broadcasting services Minister Dora Siliya has advised the media to leave politics to politicians.

Ms. Siliya says Journalists must concentrate on doing their job to the best of their capabilities.She says there is need for the media to jealously guard their profession with dignity and integrity and not allow politicians to polarize the profession.

Ms. Siliya says this will ensure the public have confidence in the country’s media.Ms. Siliya was speaking when the Media Institute of Southern Africa MISA – Zambia Chapter presented the 2019 State of the Media report to her in Lusaka today.

She also stated that journalists must have a professional body which will have standards of practice and which will ensure that journalists are not disrespected or harassed.

Meanwhile, Ms. Siliya said it is regrettable that the country has continued to record cases of violence against journalists as captured in the MISA report.

And MISA Zambia Director Austin Kayanda appealed to Government to ensure that Journalists are protected from all forms of harassment.

Mr. Kayanda said with the upcoming 2021 General elections, there is need to guarantee the safety of the media.
This is contained in a statement issued to ZNBC News by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Press and Public Relations Unit.
[ZNBC]

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14 COMMENTS

  1. POLICE STATE ENFORCED BY STEALING BEDWETTERS.
    Next year same C2ap after major plunder, let’s have a day of prayer for the economy we’ve ruined with our Man made problems.
    KAYA!!!

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  2. Hahahaha. Is this what you call freedom of the media you hypocrite? Dununa reverse ka, Why do you masquerade as sheep when you are ravenous wolves?. You can’t dictate what the media reports so that it suits you as government this is very undemocratic. People want the truth and not lies peddled by this government to make it seem relevant. You can’t intimidate the media and force them to report what suits the state or government, if the media ever folds to your demands they will seize to be relevant to the people of Zambia. Abash to media intimidation.

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    • It is really surprising how people forget their past so easily. I remember her as an informal journalist who would interview a clergy man in her mini skirt. I think those were politics and not journalism.

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  3. imagine mr. mwape.MAYO,SO PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE REPORTING THE TRUTH TILL THEY SPEAK WHAT YOU WANT? MADAM,GO AND TELL YOUR FELLOW FOOLS THAT NOT A WELL MEANINGFUL ZAMBIAN. GO TO INDIA AND SEE A DR FOR YOUR BEDWETTING. DON’T TAKE PEOPLE FOR GRANTED. YOU ARE BUSY PREACHING PRESS FREEDOM WHEN U EVEN INTERFERE.

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  4. Leaving “media to leave politics to politicians’ is embarrassing to say the least. It is embarrassing because the argument lacks a conceptual basis. Hence, two inter-related questions: what is media? What is politics? The media is a means of expressing different views and opinions on society, with the cliche of ‘inform, educate and entertain’ whereas politics is concerned with public interest in the broad sense of the word ‘interest’. When media steps out of political sphere, then media ceases to exist in its current form. Without free press, then there could be no democracy as we understand it today. If you do not like the heat, then leave the kitchen. Media is a pillar of democracy. In the media, bad policies and bad politicians are criticized left, right and center.

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  5. We totally agree. Some journalists have created a platform being used to insult the Government and His Excellency. It is high time we put an end to all this and act like the Christian Nation we claim to be. Let them do their jobs in a manner we would all respect. We need to support our God given leaders in the decisions they make and actions they take because in the end, we as citizens are the ones that end up either developing or suffering, but blame the Government again when things don’t go as planned.

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  6. This sounds like some form of social control and intimidation coming from an insecure bunch of “governors”. Am sure I have heard some of them encourage all citizens to “contribute to the country’s development “, however when it suits them, they want to suppress the same citizens. What’s wrong with a journalist citizen reporting on malpractice or corrupt conduct?
    How come this same PF encourages the church to get involved in political issues especially those that appear to lean towards PF useless deeds? Politicians should likewise leave church to do church duties. Where is democracy and freedom of expression here??

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  7. Shut up Hon Dora, politics is a human right. It is not like Accountancy where there is some professional expertise, politics is a ” profession for everyone including kaponyas and journalists including yourself and President Lungu and the trible president Hakainde.
    You chaps are ignorant and also dictators and want to monopolise politics.

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  8. If journalists dont report about forestry 27, and other related issues, how is the nation going to know what’s happening. Come on you watch CNN and sky news and am sure you see what goes on and how free and open the news is reported. Please enjoy your easy earned money as we watch. Days will catch up with you and you’ll need these journalists.

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  9. Hang the petty thieves and appoint great leaders with upright morals.
    Public fund plunders should be hanged till pronounce dead causing systems are all corrupt up to core.
    If you are good leader why are you scared of good reporting journalist.

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