News and press statements
In 2020 MISA Zambia recorded 17 severe cases of media freedom violations including media censorship which was the highest number of incidents and freedom of expression standing at 10 cases.
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 media development policy is anchored on four main pillars namely: media freedom, media pluralism, media independence and safety of journalists, Zambia’s Minster of Information and Broadcasting Services Dora Siliya says.
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.
Please note that MISA Zambia is only able to accommodate one representative from each institution member based outside Lusaka at the 2020 AGM. Individual members who wish to attend the AGM may do so, however MISA Zambia will only be able to provide Lunch for the members that will attend the AGM.
MISA Zambia says the number of incidents that have been recorded undermine journalists’ safety in Zambia and have an impact on their ability to report the truth.
A total number of 17 awards were given to deserving Zambian journalists and media houses at the 2020 media awards held at the Golden Peacock Hotel on September 25.
This piece of legislation is not just for the media, but is a Bill for all Zambians, and empowers them to hold government to account while encouraging transparency