Media practitioners win IPI backing
LUSAKA: A five-member International Press Institute (IPI) delegation is in the country to help resolve differences between media practitioners and the Zambian government over planned media regulation.
Headed by acting director Alison Bethel McKenzie, the IPI delegation hopes that the visit will yield the desired results. The government has maintained its stance to regulate the media through an Act of parliament, while media practitioners advocate self-regulation.
Lack of progress on the issue has thus prompted the IPI to intervene, in a bid to end the stalemate cause by President Rupiah Banda’s administration, which seems to be pandering to the gallery ahead of the 2011 general election.
IPI’s press freedom advisor, Naomi Hunt says the [continue reading]