Southern Region Vice President for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Kondwani Nankhumwa has assured journalists that government would continue promoting media freedom.
Nankhumwa who is also Minister of Local Government and Rural Development said this on Tuesday during a political rally held at Mpemba Trading Centre in Blantyre.
He said government remains committed to the safety of journalists. He said the DPP goverment will not allow journalists to be assaulted.
“Let me assure journalists in the country that the current administration will continue to ensure that a peaceful environment prevails for media houses and their journalists and I would urge the media to work within their professional framework,” Nankhumwa said.
“We realize the importance of a vibrant media as a catalyst for socio-economic development. We will ensure that freedom of the press is guaranteed and granted at all times,” he said, adding that for the country to develop meaningfully there was need for a vibrant and responsible media.
Nankhumwa said all journalists were free to cover DPP political rallies and could not be harassed in anyway, warning DPP supporters to avoid violence in political rallies.
“As long as I am the Vice President for the DPP in the South, the tendency of harassing journalists will
not be given any room,” he said. “Whenever elections are closer there are always some pockets of
violence in political rallies and I am substantially increasing security to avoid violence in different political
“We will avoid use of force, human lives are more precious for the government and I urge all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint and respect the rule of law. The DPP – led administration will ensure that constitutional rights to free press and freedom of expression are protected at all times,” he said.