The board and management of the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) says they are disturbed by the behaviour of some senior government officials who have continued to storm the ZNBC newsroom to harass members of staff.
Board chairman, John Mulwila says some senior government and party officials have harassed newsroom staff, ordering them against using stories of other politicians with contrary views.
Dr Mulwila, a former UPND vice-president, says he is further dismayed that some cabinet ministers are also threatening newsroom staff with dismissals, thereby creating fear and insecurity among them.
He says such threats amount to abuse of authority.
Dr Mulwila’s comments come in the wake of what transpired in the ZNBC Newsroom last (Sunday) night.
Youth and Sports minister, Chishimba Kambwili and PF Deputy Secretary General, Anthony Kasolo stormed the newsroom, harassed and ordered Director of News and Current Affairs Kenneth Maduma to remove certain news items about the UPND rally and a statement by the group supporting Edgar Lungu.
Dr Mulwila addd that Chongwe MP, Sylvia Masebo also used abusive language and threats on Mr Maduma.
He says it is unacceptable that even Senior Private Secretary in the Office of the Vice president,Robert Kamalata, a civil servant accused newsroom staff of having an agenda to work against the party in government.
Dr Mulwila says ZNBC has an editorial policy that has a clear Complaints procedure, and is further guided by the Electoral Code of Conduct and the Independent Broadcasting Authority which demand fair and balanced news.
The ZNBC board chairman has demanded that ALL media statements must be duly signed as NO verbal statements will be entertained.