Media personnel urged to avoid corruption

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The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has spread its efforts of curbing corruption to the media and asked journalists to avoid obtaining gifts that will compromise their work.

ACC Corporate Affairs Officer Christopher Chibangu said journalists should execute their duties professionally and avoid getting money in exchange for news.

Mr. Chibangu said this in Lusaka today during a sensitisation meeting with Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) staff at Mass Media Complex.

The sensitisation exercise was meant to disseminate information on the dangerous effects of corruption and invoking citizens’ support against the vice.

Mr. Chibangu further advised journalists to take interest in writing feature articles besides hard news stories on various topics of corruption.

He noted that feature articles were necessary as they bring out detailed information on various issues thereby giving a chance to readers to have adequate information on matter.

Mr. Chibangu said the media should be free to contact his office for any information on corruption to enable them write detailed articles.

And ACC Community Education Officer Salome Zulu noted that corruption has been ranked as a serious problem in Zambia.

Ms. Zulu said corruption has been seen to be higher at the point of service delivery than in any other area.

She said although the Anti Corruption Commission has relentlessly been fighting the vice, it still faces challenges in changing the mind set of Zambians to stay away from corrupt activities.

She noted that failure to report corrupt activities by members of the public who witness the acts also makes it difficult for the Commission to fight the crime.

Ms. Zulu however said the Commission has put up various interventions to help curb the trend.

She also reiterated the relevance of the public to work with the ACC in order to rid the country of corruption.