WILSA advises media houses to be ethical

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—Women in Law in Southern Africa (WILSA) Regional Coordinator, Matrine Chuulu, has advised media houses to be reporting and dissemination true information to the public to avoid ‘putting the nation on fire’.

Ms Chuulu has observed that some media institutions in the country are not accurate in their reporting.

She said this in a telephone interview with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Lusaka today.

She explained that journalists should follow their journalism ethics whenever they are informing, entertaining and educating the masses.

Ms Chuulu said careless reporting should not be entertained in this country especially at this time when the nation is celebrating the 50th Independence Anniversary.

And Ms Chuulu has advised government to start enforcing the law bordering on unprofessional reporting by some media bodies.

Ms Chuulu said there are laws in this country which stipulate what is supposed to be done when a media organisation or particular journalist is found wanting.

She suggested that if the laws enshrined in the Constitution on ethical reporting and other penal codes are weak, then there is need to revise them as a matter of urgency.

Meanwhile, Ms Chuulu has called government and other stakeholders to step up the fight against Gender Based Violence, early marriages and defilement cases which are on the increase in the country.

She lamented that a lot of school going children fall pregnant at their adolescence stage, adding that the trend is retrogressive to the development of mother Zambia.