Six months ultimatum to journalists stands-Shikapwasha

ronnie_shikapwashaGovernment spokesperson Ronnie Shikapwasha says the six months ultimatum government gave to the media to regulate themselves stands.

Shikapwasha says the government will not extend the time which it gave about two months ago.

He was quoted by ZNBC saying that once the six months have expired, government will introduce a bill in parliament to statutory regulate the media.

Media associations in Zambia have rejected the ultimatum.

Press Association of Zambia -Vice Chairman, Amos Chanda, says the media will not work under threat.

He says already serious efforts are underway to find a way of putting in place self regulation guidelines.

Last week MMD Parliamentary Chief Whip, Vernon Mwaanga, advised the media to adhere to the six months deadline given to them in which to come up with a set of regulations to guide the profession.

Mwaanga said if the media did not come up with self regulation mechanisms, parliament will support a bill which will be brought by government to regulate the press.

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