MLC fails to petition Post unethical coverage

THE Media Liaison Committee (MLC) says it does not support the alleged unethical reporting by the Post Newspaper.

Committee chairperson Enock Ngoma said the MLC neither supports the alleged unethical reporting at the Post Newspaper nor any other media institution.

This followed a question from CBC TV journalist Misheck Nyirongo who wanted to find out if the committee was in support of what he termed as biased reporting at the Post Newspaper.

In his response, Mr Ngoma said the committee was not in support of the alleged unethical reporting at the Post Newspaper nor any other media institution.

Meanwhile, the Media Liaison Committee has  threatened to take legal action against the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), Zambia Daily Mail and Times of Zambia for what they have termed as ‘‘unethical’’ reporting.

However the Editors Forum   has threatened to act  against the MLC for showing open bias.

And Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Chishimba Kambwili says the committee can go ahead and sue.

Speaking during Media Liaison Committee 2015 review press briefing, Mr Ngoma told journalists in Lusaka  yesterday that the three public media organisations have been given 10 days ultimatum in which to change and live up to their mandate of serving the public.

Mr Ngoma said failure to do so, the MLC would use its constitutional right and seek legal redress in the courts of law.

“The MLC has noted the unethical conduct of the public media. The three media institutions which are supposed to serve the public have been turned into PF tools that daily disseminate the ruling party’s propaganda,” he said.

Mr Ngoma said it was undeniable that all dissenting views from citizens had been blacked out from these media houses, yet they claim to serve the public.

“In case of ZNBC, Zambians contribute K3 every month to sustain the operations of the national broadcaster. But the corporation only covers PF sympathisers and stalwarts everyday as if the country is a one-party State,” he said.

Mr Ngoma reminded ZNBC management that Zambians wanted to hear from different voices, and not just PF members.

Mr Ngoma said Times of Zambia and Daily Mail had also become PF magazines.

But Mr Kambwili, who is also Chief Government spokesperson, said ZNBC, Times of Zambia and Zambia Daily Mail were objective in their reporting.

Mr Kambwili said ZNBC unlike other media that were always reporting against Government, was the public broadcaster that strives to cover all political parties.

He wondered why the Media Liaison Committee had failed to cite some private media organizations that champion the interest of the opposition.

Mr Kambwili said the duty of the public media was to serve the masses and ZNBC had been striving to do so.

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