By Christopher Chisi
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Dora Siliya has been urged to honour her commitment of ensuring that the Access to Information (ATI) Bill is tabled during this current session of parliament.
Access to information is a fundamental human right which enables one to ask for and receive, information held by public organisations and bodies.
News Diggers Board Chairperson Sangwani Ng’ambi is concerned that the ATI bill has been long overdue.
And speaking during the launch of the media training workshop in Lusaka News Diggers Board Chairperson Sangwani Ng’ambi is confident that those being trained will be able to influence positive reporting trends in the media fraternity.
Meanwhile Ministry Of Information And Broadcasting Service Acting Director of Press and Media Development Modern Mayemba has revealed that the Media Association of Zambia Bill will be ready by 31st March, 2019.
Mayembe has indicated that the Statutory Media Association will ensure that media practitioners uphold professionalism when discharging their duties.
He adds that the association will investigate and impose sanctions on all those that shall be found to be departing from their training.
Mayembe stressed that the government is demanding nothing more than adherence to what media practitioners are being taught through the various pieces of training.