Journalists should be professional -SAEF

The Southern African Editors Forum (SAEF) has called on journalists and media owners to work hard and attain high professional ethical standards.

SAEF Zambia chapter chairperson Kenny Makungu said the forum was revived in an effort to have media owners and editors as one family and  to have a voice in the affairs of the media in the country.

Mr Makungu said that the forum which was currently on membership drive, was committed to the protection and defence of the media in Zambia and would ensure to incorporate all media professionals throughout the country.

Speaking when  he led a three man committee  which paid a solidarity visit to the Daily Nation Newspapers offices in the heavy industrial area yesterday, Mr Makungu said the forum was also interested in seeing that professional ethics were adhered to by all media houses.

The delegation leader said his organisation would work to ensure that media houses operated in an environment where freedom of expression and media freedoms were not restricted.

“As SAEF we shall provide public scrutiny in the exercise of power by those in authority and we wish to encourage journalists and media house owners to stick to their professional ethics. SAEF is here to stay to ensure the media flourishes and we shall encourage journalists to align themselves with training so that their professional performance is improved,” he said.

Mr Makungu said the forum would also work with online media editors and media owners.

And Daily Nation proprietor Richard Sakala said the media house was humbled that the forum executive committee had shown interest in the affairs of the newspaper.

Mr Sakala said the solidarity visit came at a time when the newspaper was facing persecution by so many players and that it was only through forums such as SEAF that media owners would speak out on issues affecting them.

He explained that even though the paper was faced with challenges both commercially and financially, it would struggle on to give the Zambian people the information  they needed.