Government says Zambia is a strong proponent of freedom of expression, freedom of the media and public access to information, as fundamental pre-requisites for sustainable social and economic development and democracy.
Addressing the opening of the 36th Session of the United Nations Committee on Information in New York on Monday, Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Dr. Joseph Katema said his Government has embarked on a wide range of measures to reform and reposition the country’s media industry.
Dr. Katema added that principle among these measures was the ongoing process to enact the Freedom of Information Bill.
Meanwhile, Dr Katema, who is also Chief Government spokesperson, told the UN meeting that since the time Zambia liberalized the airwaves in 1991, it now has over 70 community and commercial radio stations and about 10 television stations.
While in New York, Dr. Katema will tour the UN news and media division, among other high-profile engagements.