MEDIA Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia has appealed to the law enforcement agencies to apprehend people masquerading as journalists because they are tarnishing the image of the profession.
MIZA chairperson Hellen Mwale called on the media fraternity in Zambia to be wary of people masquerading as journalists in order to protect the profession.
She said there were people who were going round masquerading as journalists in a bid to tarnish the profession.
“I am appealing to the law enforcement agencies to apprehend such people because they are tarnishing the image of the profession, and media houses should work hand in hand with law enforcement agencies in order to flush out bogus journalists,” Ms Mwale said.
Ms Mwale has since appealed to journalists to carry identity cards all the time for easy identification during assignments to avoid being mistaken for such masqueraders.
“All journalists must make sure they carry with them their identity cards so that they are identified whenever they go out for their assignments,” she said.
Ms Mwale said it was sad that untrained people have gone on rampage cheating sources that they represented certain media houses when in-fact not.
She also called on journalists from various media houses to work closely with each other to identify such people and report them to the Zambia Police for possible action.
She advised aspiring to be journalists to go for training and acquire qualifications that would help them work as trained media practioners.