Chipata TV launched: Government won’t tolerate irresponsible reporting, warns Kapeya

Information Minister Mwansa Kapeya has warned that government will not tolerate irresponsible media coverage which has a potential to bring differences among people in the country.

Speaking when he officially launched the privately owned Chipata television in Chipata yesterday, Mr. Kapeya noted that though information is vital in fostering development in any given society, it has the potential to bring confusion and disunity if not properly used.

Mr. Kapeya who is also Chief Government Spokesperson said it is governments’ desire to promote and support the growth of the media industry but that it will not tolerate irresponsible reporting that has the potential of brining divisions in the country.

Mr. Kapeya said there is need for the media to be accountable in the way they disseminate their information in order not be used as platforms of propaganda or anarchy by selfish individuals.

He reaffirmed government’s commitment to creating an enabling environment for the growth of the media industry.

He assured the media that government will not interfere in the running of any media organization as it has placed public access to information at the centre of national developmental.

Mr. Kapeya disclosed that with the coming of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) government anticipates more sustainable investment in the broadcasting industry.

He further added that granting Chipata T V a broadcasting licence is confirmation of governments’ policy to open up the airwaves for private sector investment.

He has since called on management at Chipata TV to ensure that they air programmes that have local content and relevant to the needs of the people.

And Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chileshe Mulenga has thanked government for streamlining the issuance of broadcasting licences in the country.

Dr. Mulenga said Eastern province has for a long time been starved of information on what is happening locally.

He noted that with the coming of a TV station it will go a long way in highlighting issues that are happening in Chipata and surrounding areas.

Earlier, Chipata TV Managing Director Wilson Phiri said the opening of the TV station in the province is aimed at inspiring and providing adequate and effective information to the people.

Mr. Phiri noted that his station will also supplement government’s efforts in the provision of information on various developmental projects.

He further thanked government for its continued support to the media industry through improved process of issuance of broadcasting licences.

The launch was attended by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Steven Mwansa, IBA Director General Josephine Mapoma, various Chiefs from around Eastern province and senior government Patriotic Front party officials.