Zambia: NGOCC urges Zambian govt to repeal repugnant laws

Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As Zambian journalists commemorated the World Press Freedom Day on Tuesday, the Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) of Zambia appealed to the Government to immediately begin the repeal process of all repugnant laws that hamper press freedom.

In her address to commemorate the Day, NGOCC executive director Engwase Mwale said this year’s theme, “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedom –This is Your Right!” could not have come at a better time than now, when Zambians are heading for a general election in August to elect a leadership that is going to guarantee this right.  

“While appreciating the need to protect our leaders from unnecessary attacks, it is high time the law on defamation of the president was reviewed in line with the spirit of our democracy,” Mwale stated.

“As an organisation, we are also saddened with the heightened violence against journalists, especially by political cadres. As a country, we are seeing unprecedented levels of intolerance by political cadres against journalists. We appeal to all political leaders to publicly denounce violence and allow the media to work freely.”  

NGOCC also appealed to the media to be professional in their work, saying the bias by some media is without doubt further polarising them.

“Importantly, NGOCC appeals to media owners to mainstream gender approaches in media operations and specifically implement incentivising  strategies that will ensure that more women in the media take up leadership roles,” Mwale added.
-0- PANA MM/AR 3May2016

03 may 2016 16:17:17

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