The Zambian and the Sudanese government have signed a news exchange cooperation agreement that will allow Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) and Sudan News Agency (SUNA) to exchange news articles.
Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga said the agreement will play an important role in increasing the flow of news between the two countries.
Mr. Malupenga said Zambia and Sudan have an opportunity to now have tell their stories in their own style and not as reported by the western media.
He was speaking during the signing ceremony of an agreement between SUNA and ZANIS in Lusaka today.
He explained that the western media have their own agenda when reporting on events taking place in Africa.
Mr. Malupenga stressed that not everything that has been reported about Sudan is true.
He noted that the news exchange cooperation agreement will afford the people of Zambia and Sudan to get first hand information.
He has since implored the two countries to publicise news that is directly gotten from the two governments in their respective media institutions.
Mr. Malupenga described the signing of the news exchange cooperation agreement between ZANIS and SUNA as a great millstone in the sharing of information.
And Sudanese Ambassador to Zambia Mohamed Isa Edam said the signed agreement will further strengthen the long standing bilateral relationship that exists between the two countries.
Mr. Isa Edam said his government was delighted to sign the agreement adding that Sudan has been waiting for it for some years now.
He said the agreement was a vehicle that should be used to give right information to the public.