PAZA asks PF to apologise to media

The Press Asssociation of Zambia (PAZA) has called upon the Patriotic Front Leadership to apologise to the media fraternity over it’s cadres’ intrusion in media houses.
PAZA president Andrerw Sakala says says the recent harassment of guests at Muvi TV talk show will result in members of the public to fear featuring on such platforms.
Sakala, who is also Times of Zambia News editor, obseved ‘This is the second attack within a period a two months after a similar incident involving the PF cadres who forcibly gained entry into Mazabuka Community Radio premises with similar intentions.’
Below is exactly what Sakala said:
Statement by the President Association of Zambia (PAZA) president Andrew Sakala on the attack on Muvi Television by suspected Patriotic Front cadres.
The Press Association of Zambia wishes to condemn the Patriotic Front cadres who cheated there way into MUVI TV studios for any reason.
We condemn this action because we fear that people will now start shunning to appear on talk shows fearing that those with different views will descend on them.
We are calling on the PF leadership to condemn this action and issue a public apology to the media fraternity and the Zambian people in general. This is the second attack within a period a two months after a similar incident involving the PF cadres who forcibly gained entry into Mazabuka Community Radio premises with similar intentions.
We urge the police to immediately arrest all those directly or indirectly to stop such practices in a democratic country like Zambia where freedom of expression is a corner stone of our governance agenda.
We call for civility from those who hold opposing views from others. There are other avenues to employ to air grievances such as seeking an audience with the television or radio stations instead of resorting to un civilised means.
As PAZA, we wish to restate that we shall defend the rights of anyone to speak on any public forum as long as such a person has not broken the Zambian law.
We are also concerned that when PF cadres stormed Mazabuka Community radio station, there was no public condemnation from the party leadership and this gives an impression that the action has an endorsement of the ranks and file in the Patriotic Front.
The PF must therefore apologise publicly otherwise PAZA will consider other means to deal with the party in our unstoppable pursuit to promote freedom of expression and decency.
In the meantime, PAZA will continue to monitor police investigations by liaising with commanding officer until the matter rested in the interest of justice.
Andrew Sakala
President

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