REPORT VIOLENCE TO POLICE, SCRIBES URGED

INFORMATION and Media Permanent Secretary Kennedy Kalunga has urged journalists who were attacked by suspected cadres during the ongoing political campaigns in Serenje, to report to the police so that the law can take its course.

Mr Kalunga said the Government would not tolerate the harassment and attacks on journalists doing their work.

The alleged attack on the scribes, happened during the on-going Muchinda Ward by election campaigns in Serenje district.

“As the Government we don’t cordon harassing journalist. I encourage those reporters who were attacked to report the matter to the police so that the law can its cause,” he said.

Mr Kalunga said this during a Press briefing where Local Government and Rural Development Minister Gary Nkombo was also present in Lusaka yesterday.

Mr Kalunga said the Government would do everything to ensure that journalists operate in a conducive environment devoid of violence against them.

On Sunday, three journalists from Serenje Radio were attacked, while on duty at Serenje Police Station by suspected political cadres.

The journalists were covering a story on the stand-off between two political warring factions in the run-up to the April 20, Muchinda Ward byelections in Serenje.

The incident has sparked outrage from various quarters, with many condemning the attack on the journalists.

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