Media demands level playing field

By VICTORIA PHIRI –

THE media fraternity in Zambia has called for a level playing field and responsible reporting as practitioners celebrated the World Press Freedom Day across the country.

Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia acting chairperson John Chola said Press freedom was not negotiable and urged Government to quickly fully operationalise the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Act and enact the Access To Information (ATI) Bill.

Mr Chola observed that the public media had improved and was fairly covering views from opposition political parties.
Mr Chola said in Lusaka most Africa countries like Zambia had re-democratised without putting in place sufficient legislation that empowered citizens to fully take part in the governance processes.

“The front page is no longer a preserve of the ruling party and Government’s and this goodwill has been seen even in the media law reforms,” Mr Chola said.