By Mwenya Mofya
Britain has commended the Zambian Government for its tough response to the recent harassment of journalists at Radio Maria in Chipata and power fm radio in Kabwe.
British High Commissioner to Zambia Fergus Cochrane-Dyet says the international community notes with happiness the tough stance the Government has taken to protect the media against any form of harassment.
Commissioner Cochrane-Dyet says harassment of journalists is unacceptable as it is a threat to freedom of the media and freedom of expression.
The British envoy was speaking when he and his Canadian counterpart Pamela O’donnell paid a courtesy call on information and broadcasting services Minister Dora Siliya at her office in Lusaka today.
This was when the duo delivered an invitation to the Information Minister to attend the global conference for media freedom to be co-hosted by Britain and Canada in London in July this year.
And in response, Siliya says Government is committed to the public access to information hence its approval of the Access to Information Bill is due to be tabled in Parliament this year.