The Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) has called on the media in Zambia to give the public credible information on issues of elections ahead of the August 11,2016 general elections.
CCMG Chairperson Rev Suzanne Matale explained that the media has role as a stakeholder in the electoral process which is to promote peace and encourage dialogue while working in collaboration with the church as ambassadors of peace.
Rev Matale who is also Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary was speaking during a dialogue meeting with the media on political violence ahead of the August 11,2016 elections held at the CCZ Ecumenical Centre.
She expressed concern at the current news coverage in the media was biased,,unfair, unbalanced and usually aimed at character assassination of political opponents which does not represent the interests of the public.
“The voters want to hear what the politicians are offering and not name calling, because they are interested to hear policy issues that will affect their daily lives,”Rev Matale said.
She expressed concern that the widespread political violence has not spared the Journalists and called for an end to it.
CCMG is a coalition of four faith-based organizations, namely the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR), Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) and the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC).
During the same meeting several media representatives commended the church for playing the role of mediator in bringing sanity to the political area and advised the church not to relent in their quest to end the political violence ahead of elections.
And QFM News editor Dave Bweupe stressed the need for the church to be non-partisan in the execution of its duty as mediator and called for a new strategy of speaking out against political violence by engaging with political parties to allow them speak at their political rallies where both the perpetrators and victims of violence are found.