Media personnel should be professional, inform responsibly – Sichinga

Robert K Sichinga is the Minister of Commerce, Trade & Industry of Zambia
Robert K Sichinga is the Minister of Commerce, Trade & Industry of Zambia

Commerce Minister Bob Sichinga has implored on media personnel to be professional in their reporting.

Speaking when he officiated at a three day media training workshop being held at Bay Hotel in Siavonga today, Mr Sichinga stated that he does not take interest in responding to attacks on some online media which he described as practicing rubbish reporting.

Our staffer Patrick Kabwe reports that Mr Sichinga charged that media practitioners should use their powers to inform responsibly.

He expressed concern that it is unfortunate that some media houses abuse their powers by misinforming the public.

Mr Sichinga also challenged the media to highlight issues that portray the plight of consumers in society.

• Earlier, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission-CCPC Executive Director Chilufya Sampa disclosed that the commission is aware that people especially those living in rural areas do not know their consumer rights.

Mr Sampa said it was for this reason that CCPC called for the media workshop in order to train practitioners in issues of consumer protection.

He added that the commission has also taken note of its absence in some local areas and has since embarked on a program to open offices in all the ten provinces by the end of 2015.