Media Liaison Committee Chairperson Mickie Mumba has called on government through the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services to stop the harassment of media personnel by political party cadres.
Mr. Mumba said it was regrettable that the harassment of journalists by political party cadres was escalating and says Ministry of Information and Broadcasting must set rules that will deter cadres from physically harassing media personnel so that they can work freely and independently.
And Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Mwansa Kapeya has admitted the harassment but assured the media fraternity in the country that government was addressing the matter.
Under dictator president Michael Sata, media personnel have been caught up in political violence across the country.
In Lusaka, journalists were recently beaten and harassed by sponsored PF thug at a church gathering while in Mkushi, PF cadres are allegedly demanding to sit on the board of a community radio station.
Muvi TV journalsits were beaten in Chongwe when they visited Kampasa are in Chongwe were soldiers shot dead two civilians over their land while a leading private newspaper, the Daily Nation received a threat of an attack by PF thugs and reported the matter to matero police station.
The newspaper’s editor Richard Sakala is currently being persecuted by Sata who has sued the newspaper for exposing him.