MISA Disappointed Over ZNBC Ban From PF Convention

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia says it is disappointed with the Patriotic Front (PF) for barring journalists from the State-owned media.
Journalist from the state owned media, namely Times of Zambia, Zambia Daily Mail and Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation, were barred from covering the party’s first General Conference, which begun today in Kabwe.
MISA Zambia chairperson Daniel Sikazwe says that while his organizations appreciates the reservation that the PF has with the reporting of the State-owned media that should not be reason enough to bar them from covering the PF General Conference, which has attracted lots of interest from all sections of society in the country. Mr. Sikazwe says that the research indicates that the barring of the journalists from
the State-owned media has been endorsed from high up in the PF hierarchy.
He says that his organization condemns the selective accreditation of journalists to all public functions because it amounts to censorship.
Mr. Sikazwe has since appealed to the PF leadership to immediately rescind its decision and to permit the State-owned media to cover this historical General Conference.
He says that MISA hopes that the PF leadership will heed to the advice and do the right thing for the sake of democracy and freedom of the press, which the PF professes uphold dearly.
Meanwhile, Patriotic front leader Michael Sata has revealed that the patriotic front will ensure that it puts in place mechanisms that will prevent the MMD from rigging the elections.
PF leader Michael Sata says that the patriotic front will not allow the MMD to rig the
elections in any way.

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