2 February 2013

Zambia: Don't Spread Falsehoods - Malupenga

GOVERNMENT is concerned with some players in the media industry who are publishing defamatory and false information.

Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga said it was sad that some media houses were publishing malicious, defamatory and false stories about private citizens and the Government.

He said this in a speech read for him by the ministry's acting director of planning, Press and public relations Beaton Kaluba during the 10th anniversary of Breeze FM radio station in Chipata on Thursday.

"Some of the players in the media have now become experts at reporting rumours. The media is supposed to investigate rumours, establish facts and report the established facts," he said.

Mr Malupenga said the Government would not associate with such type of reporting because it was unprofessional.

He said it was unacceptable to use the power of the media to publish misleading and unresearched information with intent to cause fear or alarm in the nation.

Mr Malupenga challenged retired and veteran journalists to help in restoring the integrity of their profession by educating upcoming journalists about the importance of the noble profession and take advantage of Government policy to liberate the airwaves and set up radio stations and newspapers.

Mr Malupenga commended Breeze FM for its landmark achievement of enhancing the dissemination of information to the public on various issues of public interest.

Earlier, Breeze FM founder and director Michael Daka said the radio station was one of the most successful in Zambia, Southern African Development Community and the African continent as a whole.

Eastern Province acting Deputy Permanent Secretary Zechariah Luhanga pledged the provincial administration's support towards the radio station.

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