through fear of the Act among media practitioners, leading to self-censorship
as they are prone to discretionary interception and surveillance under the Act.
The study also undertakes a brief review of the socio-political front where
there was no recorded incident of violence against journalists, a stark
comparison to previous quarters in which several attacks (sometimes
grievous) were noted. During the period under review, there was an instance
of interference at Kasempa FM Radio by a civic leader, a case of concern given
the potential to instil self-censorship. Notable, also, was the high political will
and commitment towards media freedom by the Head of State, President
Hakainde Hichilema who officiated at the National media Indaba which was
part of the World Press Freedom Day Commemoration activities.
Finally, on the economic front, a positive picture was noted in terms of the
key economic variables during the period under review. However, these gains
have not trickled down to the media sector which continues to grapple with
the impact of the 2020-2021 COVID pandemic era and fluctuation of fuel
prices among other factors. As such, this lack of a trickle down continues to
threaten the operations of the media.
Overall, the State of the Media in the period under review did not post
significant developments (save the political and economic fronts) when
compared to the trends in the fourth quarter, 2021 State of the Media.


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