Some on-line media irresponsible

New Media, Old Media

Government has expressed concern at the high levels of irresponsible reporting by some online media.

Acting Information and Broadcasting Minister Fackson Shamenda is concerned that some on line media are invading people’s privacy with impunity.

Mr Shamenda who is Labour Minister raised the concerns when he officiated at the world Press Freedom day commemoration in Lusaka’s Chazanga compound.

The Minister urged media practitioners to uphold ethics at all times.

And Mr Shamenda says government is still making consultation on the access to information bill before taking it back to parliament.

He says government remains resolute to enacting the Access to Information Bill.

And World Press Freedom Day Organising committee chairperson Henry Kabwe has urged government to quickly enact into law the Access of Information Bill.

Mr Kabwe also called on government to ensure that journalists are protected from attacks from political party cadres.

On Saturday journalists in Zambia have joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World Press Freedom day.

This year’s World Press Freedom Day has been celebrated under the theme ‘Media Freedom Fortifies Development.’

Meanwhile, Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe has challenged the media to help stimulate development in the country through responsible reporting.

Mr. Munkombwe says this is because the media is instrumental and key in inducing political, social and economic development.

The Minister was speaking in Livingstone today when he officiated at the World Press Freedom Day celebrations held at the Civic Center.

And Non Governmental Organization Coordinating Council -NGOCC- Southern Province Liaison Officer Faith Simukoko expressed concern at the manner sections of the media have continued to portray women in a negative way in their reportage.

Meanwhile Livingstone Press Club President Brian Hatyoka reprimanded media houses against irresponsible and unethical reporting, which he said is tantamount to abuse of media freedom.