Government has reiterated its call for self-regulation of the media.
Minister of Information and Broadcasti9ng Services Dora Siliya also says the media has a responsibility to look after the interests of the state, especially when it comes to security issues.
Ms. Siliya says if the media is abused it could ruin the good name of the country like what transpired in Rwanda where hate speech promulgated by a radio station drove the country into civil strife and genocide.
She says it is for this reason that government has operationalised the Independent Broadcasting Authority -IBA- act to ensure an independent body scrutinizes broadcasting applicants before they are issued licences.
And Ms. Siliya has disclosed that she will soon sign a Statutory Instrument that will ensure broadcasting regulations are adhered to.
She was speaking in Lusaka today in a speech read for her by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Media Development Director Isaac Chipampe.
This was during the 4th edition of the MISA Zambia radio Indaba in conjunction with BBC media action.
And MISA Zambia Vice Chairperson Hyde Haguta called on government to work on the implementation and actualising of a policy that will protect the media from harassment.
Mr. Haguta also called for professionalism among journalists as they carry out their duties because they have a duty to inform the nation correctly to ensure the public makes informed choices.