Government has called on the media to be objective in its political reporting ahead of the crucial presidential election on July 2.
Minister of Information and government spokesperson Mark Botomani said in an interview on Sunday as journalists commemorated World Press Freedom Day.
“Journalists should not provoke the situation. They should be responsible. We need balanced news as the country faces this election,” he said.
He however said that journalists should exercise their duties without fear and favour.
Botomani appealed to media practitioners to refrain from biased reporting.
While congratulating the noble work media practitioners do in the country Botoman advised the press to be professional with their work.
Botomani says that there are some media houses in the country that favor certain groups of people in their reporting hence feeding the public with half baked information.
He argued that over the years, biased reporting has proved to be detrimental the county’s development.
Meanwhile, government has assured media practitioners of their safety as the county ventures into official campaigning period in preparation of the July 2nd fresh presidential elections.