Kapeya to table Access to Information Bill

MINISTER of Information and Broadcasting Services Mwansa Kapeya
Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia Chapter has observed that there has been increased violence against the media in the second and third quarters of 2013.

Speaking during the presentation of the State of the Media Reports to Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Mwansa Kapeya in Lusaka today (Nov 18th), MISA Zambia Chapter Board Member Elizabeth Mweene Chanda has also observed that there is increased inertia on some pertinent policy issues such as appointing board members for Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC).

She adds that good corporate governance principles have been highly compromised in the case of the two institutions.

Ms Chanda says there is also need for government to undertake media policy and law reforms in order for the media in Zambia to be fully liberated from state control and any other powerful stakeholders in Zambia.

And in response, Information and Broadcasting services Minister, Mwansa Kapeya, assured MISA Zambia that government has the same interest as MISA in ensuring that issues affecting the media in the country are addressed.

Mr. Kapeya says he does not want to pre-empt his policy statement to parliament tomorrow as he is expected to present to the house the Access to Information Bill.