Journalists in Chipata have joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Press Freedom Day.
And government says it attaches great importance to ensuring that the media is free in its operations.
Speaking during the commemoration in Chipata this morning, Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo says this can be seen by the many media houses that have invaded the country in the past years.
He says journalists should operate in an ethical way adding that government will ensure that the Freedom to Information bill is turned into law.
Mr. Kasolo has however challenged journalists to be objective in their reporting and concentrate on matters that affect people in rural areas and the community than reporting issues that can lead to divisions in the country.
And Mr. Kasolo has condemned any attacks on the media.
And speaking earlier, Chipata Press Club Vice Chairperson, Osward Yambani asked government to critically look into matters that affect journalists such as political harassments and ensure that the Freedom to Information Bill is turned into law.
Mr. Yambani expressed disappointment that none of the cadres, who attacked Breeze FM and Radio Chikaya in Lundazi have been arrested.
He however thanked the police for arresting the people that attacked journalists from Post Newspaper Chipata and Feel Free Radio Station.
The event is being commemorated under the theme ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOM – THIS IS YOUR RIGHT