By Nation Reporter
RECLAIM journalism from the jaws of those who have seized the power of the internet with no feelings for the destruction brought on innocent individuals and the greater society, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Dora Siliya has challenged graduating students.
Ms. Siliya said those who were abusing the internet had no gatekeepers and that their aim was to injure innocent individuals.
The minister said this in Lusaka on Friday, during the 5th graduation ceremony of Zambia Institute of Mass Communication Educational Trust (ZAMCOM).
In a speech read for her by the ministry Permanent Secretary, Godfrey Malama, Ms Siliya said journalism was instrumental in helping to bring about debate on important issues which would assist the society to reach compromise on important issues and themes.
The theme of the ceremony was dubbed “promoting ethical, responsible and development oriented journalism through provision of high quality training”.
“I urge you to have a critical look at the current journalism training curriculum and how it fits into strategic direction of the country, the sub region and the greater world,
“We should look seriously at ethics surrounding the practising of journalism and see to it that responsible reporting takes the centre stage in this regard,” she said. Ms. Siliya prodded the learning institution to synchronise their programmes with the provisions of Vision 2030, the Seventh National Development Plan and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The colourful ceremony was characterised by traditional songs and dances which saw 10 students perform outstandingly with Emelly Kuwema scoping the best student in feature writing and specialised reporting which was sponsored by the Zambia Daily Mail.
And the overall outstanding performance was awarded to Monde Mbanga.