Posted by: africanpressorganization | 9 April 2010

Zambia / Press Freedom Day preps progressing





Zambia / Press Freedom Day preps progressing



LUSAKA, Zambia, April 9, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Press Freedom Day organizing committee in Zambia has said preparations for the Press Freedom Day which falls on 3 May 2010 have progressed well with various activities being lined up.


Local media reports said Press Freedom Day organizing committee chairperson Sheikh Chifuwe said at a Press briefing 1 April 2010 that the committee, which comprised Government and media institutions, had been planning for the last four months.


Chifuwe said the 2010 celebrations would be different, as the committee had received overwhelming support from various institutions that wanted to participate while others were making financial contributions. He said for the first time, there would be a national media prize which would be given to an individual journalist, or media institution that had made outstanding and courageous contribution to the defence and promotion of Press freedom.


The committee was also organizing a media freedom soccer tournament, which would be held on 24 and 25 April 2010 and the deadline for entries is 16 April 2010.


The 2010 theme, ‘Access to Information- Right to Know’ fitted the local situation and would afford the media fraternity an opportunity to advance its efforts for the re-introduction of the Freedom of Information Bill to Parliament.


Chifuwe said developing democracies should allow people to choose between good and bad which could only be guaranteed if they had a legal regime that allowed free access to information. He said all people should open a new page and call for Press freedom without which there could never be justice in any society.


The media had been a constant topic for discussion in the country because its existence was being threatened either by statutory impositions, physical violations, and social and economic challenges.


On media self-regulation, he said a conference where people from South Africa and Kenya will be invited to share knowledge and experiences will be held on 12 April 2010.



Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)


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