Pro­tect your pro­fes­sion, Jour­nal­ists ad­vised

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By FLAVIOR KA­NUNGO

IT IS wor­ry­ing to see jour­nal­ists fail­ing to reg­u­late them­selves and pro­tect their pro­fes­sion by al­low­ing pre­tenders to take their place, says Minister of in­for­ma­tion and broad­cast­ing ser­vices Dora Siliya.

Ms Siliya said that the me­dia in Zam­bia had be­come com­pro­mised and was be­ing dic­tated to by gov­ern­ments and civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions.

She told jour­nal­ists at a con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing in Lusaka yesterday that the pro­fes­sion has been po­lar­ized by pol­i­tics hence the need for all prac­tic­ing jour­nal­ists to rise above sit­u­a­tions and cre­ate con­fi­dence in the pub­lic.

She said there had ar­gu­ments that the fu­ture of Jour­nal­ism in Zam­bia was bleak as it was no longer a pro­fes­sion but a by the way thing which any­one could do with­out a train­ing.

She cau­tioned Jour­nal­ists against mak­ing them­selves cheap by look­ing for trans­port re­funds at events and re­ceiv­ing bribes (brown en­velopes) from sources.

Ms Siliya who is chief gov­ern­ment spokesper­son has since called for the ur­gent need to reg­u­late the me­dia be­fore the pro­fes­sion was crushed by mas­quer­aders

And speak­ing at the same event Law As­so­ci­a­tion of Zam­bia (LAZ) pres­i­dent Ed­die Mwitwa said if Zam­bia was to reg­u­late the me­dia fra­ter­nity there is need to con­sider whose ben­e­fit it would be and why pre­vi­ous ef­forts to do so had failed.

Mean­while an aca­demi­cian Elizabeth Chanda has chal­lenged Jour­nal­ists to be an­a­lyt­i­cal in is­sues and de­sist from be­ing part of the crowd that just wrote hearsays.

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