Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Poniso Njeulu has advised private media houses in the country not to entertain individuals who want to propagate hate messages against government.
Mr Njeulu said government will not accept the situation where media houses are used as an avenue for disgruntled individuals to insult the state.
He has since appealed to media institutions in the country to uphold professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
The Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister was speaking in Mongu in Western Province when he toured Oblate Radio Liseli during his familiarization of the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) and private media in the area.
And Mr Njeulu has commended private media station in Western province for supplementing government’s efforts in disseminating information to the populous.
He urged the two existing radio stations in the province, Oblate Radio Liseli and Radio Lyambai to expand their coverage to places they are currently not broadcasting in order to reach out to all the citizens in the province.
Mr Njeulu said his ministry is ready to provide expansion licences to stations that want to expand their network coverage for people to be kept abreast with current affairs in the country.
He said Western province is considered one of the poorest provinces in the country because people are not informed of developmental projects that government is undertaking in the area.
Speaking earlier, Oblate Radio Liseli Associate Director Singini Nacidze said Oblate Radio Liseli intends to expand its airwaves to districts such as Kaoma, Senanga and Lukulu which are all in its strategic plan.
Fr Nacidze disclosed that the radio station already has the equipment to commence the expansion of the station but that the delay has been in the issuance of the expansion licence.
He said Oblate Radio Liseli has the capacity and capability to broadcast to most districts in Western province, saying as soon as his institution is granted the licence, it will start broadcasting to other districts.
Fr Nacidze also commended government for removing tax on radio equipment, saying the move will help the establishment of more radio stations in the country.