Government warns the media against abusing the freedom of information.

Government has observed that some private media organisations have taken advantage of the freedom of information to publish malicious, defamatory and false stories about citizens and government.
Director of Planning in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Beaton Kaluba says that such media organisations have become experts in reporting rumours.
Mr. Kaluba says that government has allowed the media to operate freely without any interference so that journalists can investigate on true stories and not reporting on rumours.
Mr. Kaluba was speaking on behalf of information permanent secretary, Amos Malupenga during Breeze FM 10th Anniversary held in Chipata.
And Kaluba has appealed to entrepreneurs to support local radio stations by advertising and sponsoring programs.
Mr. Kaluba says that government is committed to supporting community radio stations and other private media institutions.
And speaking at the same function, Eastern Province Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary Zacharia Luhanga thanked the owner of Breeze FM for playing a big role in informing the people of Eastern Province through radio.
Mr. Luhanga pledged the provincial administration’s support in ensuring that the station is financially stable through sponsored programmes.
He noted that the government sponsored “Budget Trucking Radio Programme”, which had been running on Breeze FM in 2011, had assisted government a lot in informing people on how public resources were being spent.

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