Government is keen to create a media environment where journalists operate freely, without fear of political intimidation and violence
Media law and reforms
The media fraternity in Zambia has during various symposia and conferences endorsed the process of media regulation including the move from voluntary media regulation to statutory self-regulation.
The Zambia National Cyber Security Policy will ensure that effective mechanisms are put in place for a well-coordinated governance framework on cybersecurity thereby fostering the creation of a secure, reliable, and trustworthy cyber environment that increases confidence.
Zambian citizens need to know that they have the right to hold leaders to account on the manner they are managing the affairs of the country through means or channels of their choice, including online spaces.
The ministry has also formulated a communication strategy that clearly spells out how various arms of Government are to communicate among them, are Public Relations operatives and other communicators in various Government institutions Zambia’s chief government spokesperson says.
MISA Zambia says that without a vibrant media, the public’s right to receive information on matters of public interest from a variety of sources cannot be fulfilled and the free and open debate that is indispensable to the development of public policy cannot take place.
The Zambia Council for Journalists Bill, 2020, is key in resolving complaints and promoting professionalism and accountability in the media fraternity.
In any democratic country, freedom of speech and freedom of the media are fundamental and any form of media regulation should be based on self-regulation as government regulation can be misused and abused.
Political parties in Zambia pledge to work with and end violence against the media
MISA Zambia has appealed to government to be engaging the media from time to time to reduce misinformation and disinformation.