Information Minister Dora Siliya says criticism should be carried out in a responsible and palatable manner.
Ms Siliya says criticism is inevitable but should be done in the right and respectable manner.
Ms Siliya said this when she visited the Mast Newspaper Offices in Lusaka.
She said Government is a partner of both private and public media, noting that there is need to for Government and the media to continue building confidence through the interactions.
Ms Siliya explained that the access to information bill is extremely important because it is a legal framework that will enable Government to communicate through an organized manner.
She said the bill is expected to be tabled in the June parliamentary sitting.
The Minister also noted that the government is committed to ensuring that the Media develops but however urged the media in the country to fight for their space in the country.
And responding to concerns raised by Mast Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Larry Moonze on mast reporters failing to cover the presidency, Ms Siliya said her ministry will engage Statehouse on the matter.
She further urged the media and the ministry to work together to protect journalists from abuse of harassment.
Meanwhile Ms Siliya has congratulated the winners in the by-elections.
Earlier, Mr. Moonze said the Mast Newspaper has been operational for the last three years and employs One hundred people.
He said the Mast Newspaper continues to face operational challenges because people still grab their papers and reporters are not allowed to cover certain functions especially State house.
Mr. Moonze said the paper also relatively has low advertising which has affected operations.
And Mast Ethics Editor Ernest Chanda said there will be a media indaba slated for May, where they will revise the reforms and come up with Media Self-regulation document.