MEDIA associations and trade unions in Zambia have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sudan Union of Journalists and the Arab Union of Journalists. The MoU was signed by Zambia Union of Journalists (ZUJ), Press Association of Zambia (PAZA), Zambia Union of Broadcasters and Other Information Disseminators (ZUBID) and the Southern African Editors Forum (Zambian Chapter) (SAEF) on one hand and the Sudan Union of Journalists on the other. The MoU, which seeks to promote good cultural exchanges, ethical reporting and positive reporting and protection of bilateral relations between Zambia and Sudan, was signed in the presence of Sudan deputy ambassador to Zambia Abadi Nuredin Abdelrhman at Golden Zambezi Hotel in Lusaka. Sudan Journalist Union president, who is also vice chairperson of the Arab Union of Journalists, Sadig Rezeigy, signed on behalf of the AUJ and SJU. Mr Rezeigy is the proprietor of the biggest newspaper in Sudan and was accompanied to Zambia by proprietor of Sudan Vision newspaper, Sumawal Awad El-Sayed, among other officials. ZUBID secretary general Martin Maseka signed on behalf of the union while ZUJ secretary general Angela Chishimba signed on behalf of ZUJ. Press Association of Zambia executive secretary Patson Phiri signed on behalf of PAZA and SAEF Zambia. Under the MoU, journalists from Sudan and some cultural groups would accompany the Sudanese journalists to Zambia to attend the country’s Independence anniversary celebrations this month. In November, a group of Zambian journalists will attend the Arab summit of heads of state and government in Sudan. The Sudanese government has endorsed the MoU and pledged to support all efforts aimed at promoting information exchanges between the associations involved through the development of journalism in the two countries.