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Hichilema urged to repeal, replace Public Order Act, as World Press Freedom Day draws near


President Hakainde Hichilema has been urged to honor his promise of repealing and replacing the Public Order Act during the celebrations of the World Press Freedom Day.

This call was made by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) president, Kasonde Mwenda, in a statement issued in Lusaka on Wednesday.

Mwenda said various stakeholders had already agreed that the law in its current form was a direct affront to the information rights for Zambians.

The EFF leader stated that it was imperative that this outdated legislation be replaced with one that truly upholds the principles of democracy and respected the fundamental freedoms of the citizens.

“As we approach World Press Freedom in two days time, it is essential to reflect on the vital role that a free press plays in any democratic society,” he said.

Mwenda noted that Journalists tirelessly work under extremely challenging conditions to ensure that the public was informed and empowered.

He stated that it was high time that their efforts were not only recognized but also rewarded.

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“Under the leadership of the EFF, government will ensure that media freedoms and journalists are respected, protected and placed in their rightful position within society,” Mwenda pledged.

The EFF leader stated that gone were the days when media freedoms were abrogated or abused.

He promised that the EFF government would uphold the principles enshrined in the Zambian Constitution, allowing the public and the media to disseminate and receive information freely, without fear of draconian repression.

“We stand firm in our commitment to creating a Zambia where the voices of the people are heard, where transparency and accountability prevail, and where press freedom is not just a slogan but a reality for all,” Mwenda assured.

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