Go to AfricaBib home

Go to AfricaBib home AfricaBib Go to database home

bibliographic database
Previous page New search

The free AfricaBib App for Android is available here

Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The Zambian press freedom conundrum: reluctance rather than resilience
Authors:Kasoma, Twange
Pitts, Greg
Periodical:Journal of African Media Studies (ISSN 1751-7974)
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:freedom of the press
media law
media policy
External link:https://doi.org/10.1386/jams.9.1.129_1
Abstract:As different governments have assumed power in Zambia since the democratic tide that swept across Africa in the early 1990s, the conundrum of a free press continues to complicate governance and journalistic practices. This study investigated how members of Parliament (MPs) felt about press freedom. A survey administered to current MPs, which had a response rate of 52%, revealed that almost 95% (94.6%, n=70) agreed or strongly agreed that press freedom in Zambia should be increased. A parallel measure of questionnaire reliability asked Parliamentarians to respond to the statement, Press freedom in Zambia should be decreased. The majority 81.1% (n=60) disagreed or strongly disagreed. The study's overall results indicate that there is an awareness of the importance of press freedom among the MPs, but there appears to be a reluctance, rather than resilience, to implement changes that would provide for a freer press system. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]