Lusaka, 15 June, 2021 / 2:08 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Jesuit Conference of Theological Reflection (JCTR) have called on media players in Zambia to observe fairness in the coverage of the ongoing political campaigns ahead of the August 12 general elections.
In a Monday, June 14 statement, JCTR officials “call for an even play field in the coverage of political party messages in the public media.”
“Every Zambian has the right to be well informed of various political party messages through the public broadcaster,” they say in the statement signed by the Executive Director of JCTR, Fr. Alex Muyebe.
For this reason, officials of the Zambia-based research institute say, “the public media must endeavor to create a situation in which every political party has a fair and equal chance of succeeding in order to guarantee a free, fair and credible General Elections on the 12th August.”
In the statement obtained by ACI Africa, the Jesuit scholars also express concern about the rising incidents of political violence amid the political campaigns in the landlocked Southern African nation that kicked off in May.