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Minister of Information says government has no choice but to regulate media through statutory means

(MISA/IFEX) - On 25 November 2008, the newly appointed Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha, said the government had no choice but to regulate the media through statutory means because the press had failed to self regulate.

In an interview with the "Times of Zambia", Lieutenant General Shikapwasha said that the media had proven during the presidential by-election of 30 October that it was incapable of self regulation.

He challenged the media organisations, including MISA Zambia, the Media Council of Zambia, the Press Association of Zambia, the Zambia Union of Journalists and the Press Freedom Committee of "The Post" newspapers, to prove their ability to regulate themselves.

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