MEDIA DEVELOPMENT POLICY LAUNCHED
Government has launched a Media Development Policy whose vision and mission is to promote freedom of expression by guaranteeing press freedom.
The Policy which is anchored on four main pillars namely, media freedom, media pluralism, media independence and safety of journalists seeks to achieve internationally agreed media development indicators such as pluralism and diversity of the media, professional and infrastructural capacity building among others.
Launching the document today, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Dora Siliya said it is Government’s resolve to minimise legal restrictions on the right to impart information and ideas by providing legal guarantees to seek and receive information.
Ms. Siliya further said Government intends to address the weakening professional standards in the media industry by promoting media self-regulation as the main vehicle to the realization of a free, independent and professional media that plays its full and rightful role in national development.
She explained that Government has also placed high premium on the physical, psychological and safety of journalists in accordance with international standards.