MISA Zambia yesterday successfully launched for the first time the African Media Barometer (AMB) Report for Zambia at Protea Hotel in Lusaka. During the launch, MISA
Ms Mwale also expressed worry at the violence targeted at journalists in the year 2013 and also citizens who had divergent views or sought to express displeasure over certain government policies. She said the attach on citizens who gathered to pray and protest the removal of subsidies in Lusaka at a Church called BIGOCA was one such incident. She also noted that Radio Mano is one of the stations that faced continued harassment during the year which included blocking of guests from appearing on the station on more than three occassions.
And the Deputy Minister of Information Poniso Njeulu said that government was grateful that MISA Zambia and FES had produced the report as government would use it to build on its efforts to address media freedom.
He also added that government had scheduled the next Parliamentary sitting to enact the Access to Information (ATI) Bill. He urged members of the public to take advantage of the Constituency Development Funds (CDF) to establish Community Radio Stations in order to enhance information flow and access to information.