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MISA Zambia Says Public Sphere under Threat

Media institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia Chairperson Hellen Mwale is concerned that the existence of a public sphere is under threat in Zambia because of some acts of intolerance by some stakeholders.

Ms. Mwale says this is because of continued existence of archaic laws that continue to be used to suppress press freedom and freedom of expression.

She says the public sphere is a space where the citizens of a country exchange ideas and discuss issues, in order to reach agreement about matters of general interest.

Ms. Mwale adds that it is important for the proper functioning of any democracy and existence of good governance, in these modern times, the public sphere includes radio, television, newspapers and the internet.

She however said the respect for media freedom in the country is deteriorating thus threatening the existence of a public sphere.

Ms. Mwale expressed hope that government will address the anomalies through addressing the violence and harassment against the media and citizens who have the right to freedom of expression and access to information.

She further called on government to repeal archaic laws and enact the new constitution of 2012 which has progressive provisions on media freedom, freedom of expression and access to information.

Ms. Mwale disclosed this in a statement to the media.

( Wednesday 21st May 2014 )

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