Information and Broadcasting Service permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo has appealed to political players in the country to desist from harassing journalists during the course of their duty.
Mr Kasolo said he takes great exception to any form of harassment or violence towards media personnel whose noble duty is to inform the nation of happenings in the country.
The Information permanent secretary told ZANIS in an interview at his office in Lusaka yesterday that government will not take lightly to violence against journalists.
Mr Kasolo has since urged political parties to educate their cadres on the role that the media plays especially during the forthcoming Presidential elections in order to curb the vice.
He said the media needs an enabling environment to effectively discharge their mandate of informing, educating and entertaining the masses.
And Mr Kasolo also counselled the media to be professional in their discharge of duty to avoid plugging the nation in chaos as a result of biased reporting.
He said the media needs to be responsible and factual in its reports and avoid sensationalising events in the country which can lead to disunity and chaos in the country.
Mr Kasolo said he expects the media to operate above board and play their rightful role of helping and ensuring that the country has a smooth transition of power.