The media fraternity in Western Province has advised government to consider improving salaries and conditions of service for all public service journalists.
Mongu Press Club Vice Chairperson Sifuwe Mwangala says while government expects its journalists to be professional in covering its various development activities, there was need for the State as an employer to remunerate the scribes handsomely.
Ms. Mwaangala said better remuneration and improved conditions of service for the scribes will attract hard work from the fraternity to make the government’s various development programmes is appreciated by the general public.
Mongu Press Club Vice Chairperson said this during celebrations marking World Press Freedom Day that falls every March 3rd I in MNongu District.
She said journalists have continued accepting bribes from sources due to poor salaries and poor conditions of service.
Ms. Mwaangala added that an increment in the scribes’ salaries by government will encourage media practitioners in the country to work hard and professionally and make them to refrain from such vices of accepting bribes.
Meanwhile Ms Mwangala has appealed to her fellow journalist to continue being objective in there reporting.
She explained that there is need for journalist to report accurate information to the public adding that a well informed public makes good decisions in terms of national development.
Ms Mwangala has since called on the media fraternity to stick to the media ethics even under difficult situations so that they remain role models to the upcoming journalists.