The State of Media Report for the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2022 has revealed that compared to 2021, reports recorded show that the year 2022 saw an increase in media freedom and freedom of expression violations.
The report indicates that while several notable positive developments helped media and citizens to enjoy relative free operating environment and freedom of expression among citizens, research by MISA Zambia (2022), indicates that experts ranked media freedom and freedom of expression, as MODERATE in 2022.
This is due to the existence of archaic laws and activities that continue to undermine media freedom and freedom of expression.
Speaking during the launch of the report in Lusaka, Ministry of Information and Media Permanent Secretary, Kennedy Kalunga noted with delight that the reports have become an important mirror for evaluating from time to time the successes and challenges as a country in growing the media industry.
He further called on the need to take the findings of the reports seriously in deepening the role of the media in the governance and development of the country.
And Misa Zambia National Director Austin Kayanda expressed hope that the report will serve as a catalyst for constructive dialogue and collaboration between media practitioners, policymakers and civil society organizations.
Download the report here.