MINISTER of Information and Media, Chushi Kasanda, has warned journalists to guard against falling prey to publishing any information that they collect without verification.
Commenting on KBN Television station which aired a private telephone conversation between two senior government officials, Mrs Kasanda government is concerned with the unprofessional conduct of some media houses in their reporting.
She said the move by KBN Television station to air a private conversation without verifying it authenticity is contrary to media professional ethics and conduct, which demands that a journalist ought to verify any information before publishing it.
“Government is, therefore, concerned that KBN found itself in conflict with the law on a matter that it could have avoided had it followed basic principles of journalism,” she said.
Mrs Kasanda who is also chief government spokesperson said the media profession has adequate guidelines which if observed, can protect journalists from misinforming, misleading and infringing upon other people’s rights.
“It ought to be stressed that, media freedom is not absolute as it comes with responsibility on the part of the media which include verifying information before publishing it, balance, objectivity and accuracy.This is even more crucial now in the wake of social media where people who are not journalists share information, some of which is not true,” she said.
Mrs Kasanda said government is committed to freedom of the media as it is key in the promotion and preservation of democracy.
“This can be demonstrated by Government’s hands-off approach to the media in which it is promoting media self regulation, editorial independence and access to information.With these and other reforms that Government is undertaking, the media is assured of freedom in its role of informing, educating and entertaining the public,” Mrs Kasanda said.
The chief government spokesperson further called on the media to play its part by being responsible and professional in their work.
“I also wish to take this opportunity to advise the media to always seek clarification from designated offices on various national matters.For all Presidential matters, the designated office is that of the Presidential Spokesperson, for all Government issues, the designated office is that of the Chief Government Spokesperson who is also the Minister of Information and Media, and for all party matters the responsible office is that of the Party Spokesperson,” she said.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, January 20th, 2022)
Chinsali MP admits getting drugged by two Tanzanian women after drinking, As he disputes the two of being prostitutes
PATRIOTIC FRONT (PF) Chinsali Member of Parliament Kalalwe Mukosa has confirmed that he was drugged by two unknown Tanzanian women while he lodged at Urban Hotel in Ndola.
Mr Mukosa says that the two ladies, who had introduced themselves as business women earlier at noon and were also logged at the same hotel allegedly drugged him with valium and stole from him while helping him get to his room while in an intoxicated state.
He has since refuted a paragraph in a story published by the Zambia Daily Mail with the assumption that the two were prostitutes.
In a letter addressed to Zambia Mail managing director, Mr Mukosa’s lawyer Bonaventure Mutale said while the rest of the story is accurate, the incident of drugging his client’s drink or wine occurred while he was seated around the swimming pool area in the company of the two women long before the closure of the bar.
“We have been retained by Mr. Kalawa Mukosa, MP in connection with your article headlined “MP Mukosa Robed.” “2 Tanzanian ladies drugged him with valium in his room.” The article reads in part: “Patriotic Front (PF) CHINSALI Member of Parliament Kawala Mukosa has allegedly been robbed out of K18 000 by two women of Tanzanian origin he invited for drinks in his room at Ndola Urban Hotel…” Mr Mutale said.
Mr Mutale said Mr Mukosa is not aware that the two women were prostitutes as they had earlier in the day as they ate breakfast introduced themselves as business women.
He said Mr Mukosa was intoxicated by the drug that was dropped in his drink while sitting around the swimming pool and that the two women offered to assist him to walk to is room where they robbed him after he fell unconscious.
“The two women were also booked in the Hotel in Room 14. We advise that Mr Mukosa was intoxicated by the drug that was dropped in his drink whilst sitting around the swimming pool and that the two women offered to assist him to walk to is room where they robbed him after he fell unconscious.
In the light of the above, our instructions are to request you to retract the portion of the story that states that Mr. Mukosa was allegedly robbed of K18000.00 by two women of Tanzanian origin whom he invited for drinks in his room at Ndola Urban Hotel,” Mr Mutale said.
He has since asked the Newspaper to retract a paragraph from the story which assumed that he invited the two women in his room.
“We note that this article has also been published on your online platform.Our instructions are that you should publish in print and on your online platform a corrected version and apology to Hon. Mukosa in the course of the next five days, failure to which we have instructions to commence action in the High Court for Zambia.Kindly note that Hon. Mukosa has by separate correspondence engaged the Hotel Management for its breach of mandatory statutory duties as provided for in the Hotel Act,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 3rd October, 2022)
Zambia to develop a progressive National Cultural Policy
GOVERNMENT says the country is committed to developing and implementing a responsive and dynamic National Cultural Policy that will effectively contribute to the development agenda.
Minister of Tourism Rodney Sikumba has stressed that Zambia is propagating a progressive policy document to make culture a public good that will be accessed by all.
Mr Sikumba said this at the ongoing Mondiacult 2022 conference which is being held in Mexico city organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO),a specialised agency of the United Nations aimed at promoting world peace and security through international cooperation in education, arts, sciences, and culture.
“Once implemented ,the National Cultural Policy will address issues of sustainable human development by addressing current challenges without affecting aspirations of future generations.Zambia is ready to continue playing its role as a major player in the field of cultural development,” he said.
The conference whose objective is to reflect on cultural policies in today’s context has attracted over 115 ministers from around the world.
Chilufya Tayali charged and arrested for hitting a female police officer with a kettle on her face
ECONOMIC and Equity Party (EEP) leader Chilufya Tayali has been charged and arrested for hitting a female police officer who was on duty on the face with a kettle at Chilenje police station whilist in custody.
Zambia Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident happened today in the hours of 08:00hours in the morning.
“Brief facts of the matter are that the wife to the suspect brought food and she was requested by the female police officer on duty to taste it as a procedure when someone brings food for suspects in custody. Then the Suspect got annoyed and said that you think my wife can poison me? From there he got the food and threw it on the floor and later on got a kettle and hit the female officer on the face. She sustained a swollen and painful face,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga has warned the general public that an assault on an individual police officer on duty is an assault on the entire Police Service.
“Such unlawful acts against any Police officer on duty shall not be tolerated as persons committing such unlawful acts shall be made to face the full wrath of the law as by law established,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 1st October, 2022)