By MAIMBO MWEEMBA
Information Minister Chushi Kasanda says government is committed to ensure democratic principles are enhanced by having a free media.
Ms Kasanda said the media plays a critical role in ensuring that the rule of law is upheld and enhancing democratic principles.
Speaking at the capacity building training workshop for Journalists on effective reporting on Human Rights issues organised by the Continental Leadership Research Institute with support from the American Embassy in Zambia, Ms said that she was pleased that the initiative aims at strengthening the voice of rural communities through Civic Education programs and building the capacity of media personnel to effectively report on human rights activities.
“The initiative will go a long way in highlighting human rights violations which include early and forced marriages, harmful traditional practices and gender based violence in rural communities, I want to encourage the the media to place high premium on reporting human rights issues adding that the only way to effectively contribute is by ensuring factual, objective and balanced reporting,” she said.
And MISA Zambia National Director Austin Kayanda said they are pleased that Government has promised to deliver the freedom to information Bill in the first half of 2022.
And, United States Embassy Deputy Public Relations Officer Julie Mellin commended Government’s commitment to promoting freedom of information and freedom of the press.