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Lungu places police IG Kanganja on ultimatum over PF Secretariat violence

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President Edgar Lungu says the violence that happened at the Patriotic Front Secretariat on Saturday where some journalists were injured is the last test for Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja.

President Lungu says harassment of the media is criminal and anyone perpetuating the vice should be arrested.

He says times have changed where the media was being viewed as an enemy of the state and should now be viewed as key partners in development.

Addressing this year’s World Press Freedom Day under the theme “Information as a Public Good,” the Head of State reiterated his Government’s commitment towards Press Freedom and urged the media to remain truthful as the country heads towards the August polls.

And the President who acknowledged the challenges that the media has faced with the advent of social media said professional journalists have the responsibility of upholding the ethics of journalism.

And Chairperson of Technical Working Group of the Media Liaison Committee Ernest Chanda bemoaned the hostile conditions that the media has suffered under the PF regime.

Meanwhile, UNESCO Country Secretary-General Dr. Charles Ndakala expressed concern that journalists have continued to be killed for merely doing their works.

And US Embassy, Charge De Affairs David Young says the government should ensure that Journalists are protected before, during, and after the 12th August general elections this year.

Young has noted with sadness that Journalists continue to be attacked by political cadres despite several assurances from the government that they will be protected. -local media

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