Speaking during the launch of the 12th entries for Media Freedom awards in Lusaka today, Ms Mwale says the purpose for the establishment of the MISA Zambia Annual Media Award is to encourage media freedom and media excellence which takes into consideration the ethical requirements in reporting and programming.
Ms Mwale says the awards are aimed at promoting media freedom which is key to good governance.
Speaking at the same event, ZESCO Spokesperson Henry Kapata says the stories for the best electricity reporting award must highlight challenges as well as solutions to current challenges in access to electricity.
And Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Public Relations Officer, Timothy Moono says the best anti corruption reporting award will recognize creative and outstanding reporting on corruption issues in the country.
Speaking earlier, PEPFAR Deputy Director Country coordinator, Libby Brennan, says the US government, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief or PEPFAR, is proud to sponsor the awards for both print and electronic media.
The categories of the awards include: MISA Zambia Media Freedom award, MISA Zambia Best Coverage, Best Health Reporting Award, Best Anti Corruption Reporting award, Best Aviation Reporting Award, Best HIV/AIDS Reporting award, best electricity award and best capital market reporting award.
The sponsors of the awards include; MISA Zambia Chapter, ZESCO, National Airport Corporation (NAC), Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ), Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and PEPFAR).