Mongu based Journalists demand freedom of expression bill

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Media practitioners  in Mongu District say they are demanding for the enactment of the freedom of expression bill which was promised  to them by the Patriotic Front government prior to the 2011 tripartite elections.
Liambayi Radio Station Manager Joseph Namakando Ngenda  said  that the enactment of the bill will help journalists to gather and disseminate information freely without fear or  victimisation.

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Mr. Ngenda explained  that the bill once implemented will enable the general public and media organisations to freely discuss freely on matters affecting them without fear.

 

He added that  freedom of expression does not only apply to media organisation but it also applies to all citizens in the country.

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The Lyambai Radio Manager said this in an interview in Mongu District, April 16Th , 2014.
Meanwhile Mongu Press Club Chairperson Machobani Maboshe said  it was saddening that  a number of journalist  were being arrested  for stories that they have published as a result of not having the bill enacted.
Mr. Maboshe added that the enactment of the bill will protect and save as a guide to journalist for them to deliver the information
effectively to the public without favour.
He however expressed concern over journalist who still have pending cases in court and hoped for the implementation of the freedom of
expression bill which will help journalist execute  their duties freely as they have the mandate to gather and disseminate information
for public consumption.
The journalists were commenting ahead of world press freedom day which falls 3rd may every year.

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