Katema urges scribes to prioritise reporting on positive issues

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Government has urged journalists in the country to prioritise coverage on issues that impact positively on peoples living conditions.

Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Joseph Katema said it is sad that the media has opted to prioritise politics at the expense of key issues that add value to the lives of the majority of Zambians.

Dr. Katema said it is dynamic that the media prioritise coverage on key economic sectors such as Agriculture, Business, Health, infrastructure development which he said can prosper the country’s national developmental agenda.

ZANIS Reports that Dr. Katema said this when he officiated at the Partners Guide Young Zambian Business Journalist of the year awards ceremony in Lusaka today.

A 23 year old David Ngenda of Kabwe scoped the Partners Guide Young Zambian Business Journalist of the Year Award with his article titled “Public Spending”.

Ngenda will represent Zambia at a study visit programme to be held in Sweden later this month.

And Dr. Katema congratulated the Partners Group for developing the Partners Guide Young Zambian Journalist of the Year Awards.

Dr. Katema said the move is purely in line with government’s developmental agenda of growing a strong and professional business media that can contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.

The Partners Young Guide Zambian Journalist Business of the Year Award competition is meant to identify young and fresh business writing talent which can impact positively on marketing Zambia as a prime investment destination for foreign investors.

Earlier, Swedish Ambassador to Zambia Lena Nordstrom urged young people to develop interest in business writing which she said is a perquisite to for the country’s foreign direct investment.