MISA cautions Journalists against getting entangled in PF wrangles

File: Nalumino (l)confers with Emmanuel Mwamba who is now PS for Information

File: Nalumino (l)confers with Emmanuel Mwamba who is now PS for Information

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Zambia) is cautioning journalists against being entangled in the on-going differences involving some leaders in the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).

In a press statement on October 17, 2013, MISA Chairman Nalumino Nalumino said Journalists should play their professional role of being neutral and desist from being used as part of political differences.

“MISA Zambia has observed that the current media coverage of wrangles in the PF is extremely worrying as both the public and private media houses seem to have taken preferred sides instead of being neutral,”  said Nalumino.

Nalumino said MISA Zambia is advising all those involved in the on-going wrangles not to exert pressure and influence on any media houses over coverage of politics.

“This is the only way journalists can enjoy their profession,” he said.

Nalumino said as a body whose objective is to promote media freedoms in Zambia, MISA Zambia urges all journalists to adhere to their editorial policy guidelines that should act as a measure to push back any political pressures.

He said It is MISA-Zambia’s wish that the squabbles in PF will be resolved now so that more progressive issues could occupy the media landscape.