INTIMIDATION of Journalists will not help to solve the various challenges that the scribes face in their day to day operations, says Copperbelt minister Mwenya Musenge.
Mr Musenge said Journalists were facing a lot of challenges in their operations and so it was not right to intimidate them.
Speaking yesterday at the burial of ZNBC Kitwe Studios senior reporter Queen Chungu Malama at Chatulinga Cemetery in Mufulira, the minister admitted that Government had done little to deal with the various challenges facing Journalists in the country.
“But intimidating or antagonizing one another would not help address the problems and challenges facing the journalists,” said Mr Musenge
The Copperbelt Minister’s statement comes barely a week after Information Minister Chishimba threatened to fire ZNBC workers who wanted to stage a work stoppage to demand for the removal of the entire management.
“Queen used to whisper to me the challenges that Journalists were going through in their operations, but I can tell you it is difficult to tell what Government has done to improve the welfare of the Journalists,
“In trying to address the challenges Journalists are facing today, we need dialogue. It is not about antagonizing one another or intimidating one another. No, ” Mr Musenge said.
He said President Edgar Lungu was aware of the challenges facing the media and would do his best to ensure that the welfare of the Journalists were improved in the country.
The burial of Ms Malama was attended by people from all walks of life who included senior management members of ZNBC,Kitwe District Commissioner (DC) Chanda Kabwe, media practitioners from Lusaka, Kitwe and Livingstone.