Dora Sililya calls for curbing social media threats

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Chief Government Spokesperson Ms. Dora Siliya

Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Dora Siliya, has called for the nation to come together in finding lasting solutions to curb the emerging threats on social media.

Ms Siliya says the negative effects of social media has affected both the developed and developing nations, hence the need to urgently look into finding ways to combat the vice.

She noted that there is urgent need to project that journalism is a profession with standards, rules and ethics, in order to differentiate it from other forms of media.

The Minister said this when Canadian High Commissioner to Zambia, Pamela O’Donnell, who is also overseeing Tanzania, Seychelles and Morocco called on her at her office, this morning.

And Ms Siliya, who is also Chief Government Spokesperson regretted that the international and mainstream media have done away with their agenda of taking responsibility but instead rely on social media for news, without verifying the information.

Meanwhile, Ms O’Donnell, emphasised on the need to address the effects of social media which is characterised with fake news.

Ms O’Donnell observed that fake news is dangerous for any country as it negatively affects the governance and democracy system.

The courtesy call comes as an aftermath of the July Global Conference on Media Freedom held in London this year.

The Canadian High Commissioner to Zambia wanted to get the insights of the July Conference and to find out Zambia’s plans and priorities in fostering media freedom.

Canada is next to host the conference in a continued search for nations to find lasting solutions to emerging threats of social media.

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