COMMUNIQUE FROM THE POLICE-MEDIA RELATIONS DIALOGUE FORUM

POLICE MEDIA RELATIONS DIALOGUE FORUM PARTICIPANTS

COMMUNIQUE FROM THE POLICE-MEDIA RELATIONS DIALOGUE FORUM BETWEEN BLOGGERS OF ZAMBIA, CHIPATA PRESS CLUB AND ZAMBIA POLICE SERVICE IN EASTERN PROVINCE COMMAND HELD ON THE 24th  MARCH, 2021 AT PROTEA HOTEL IN CHIPATA

JOURNALISTS AND POLICE OFFICERS FROM VARIOUS DISTRICTS IN EASTERN PROVINCE MET TO DISCUSS CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES AFFECTING THE POLICE AND THE MEDIA WORKING RELATIONSHIP IN THE PROVINCE.

OPENED BY DEPUTY PERMANENT SECRETATARY FOR EASTERN PROVINCE JOSPHAT LOMBE THE MEETING WAS HELD JOINTLY IN THE PROVINCE.

THE MEETING WAS OFFICIALLY HOSTED BY CHIPATA PRESS CLUB AND BLOGGERS OF ZAMBIA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ZAMBIA POLICE SERVICE WITH SUPPORT FROM THE GERMAN EMBASSY.

PARTICIPANTS WERE DRAWN FROM CHADIZA, KATETE, PETAUKE, NYIMBA, LUNDAZI, MAMBWE AND CHIPATA DISTRICTS.

AFTER DELIBERATIONS AT THE POLICE-MEDIA DIALOGUE INVOLVING BLOGGERS OF ZAMBIA, CHIPATA PRESS CLUB AND ZAMBIA POLICE SERVICE, DELEGATES HAVE RESOLVED THAT;

  1. POLICE AND JOURNALISTS IN EASTERN PROVINCE SHOULD ENHANCE THEIR COMMUNICATION IN ORDER TO IMPROVE SHARING AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION FOR JOURNALISTIC WORK.
  2. POLICE AND MEDIA NEED TO DEVELOP AN UNDERSTANDING OF EACH OTHER’S INDIVIDUAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN ORDER TO ENHANCE THEIR WORKING RELATIONS TO BUILD A STRONGER DEMOCRACY.
  3. THERE IS NEED TO INITIATE INTERACTIVE MEETINGS BETWEEN JOURNALISTS AND POLICE WITH THE AIM OF REDUCING ALL FORMS OF PHYSICAL AND OTHER FORMS OF CONFRONTATIONS AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES.
  4. JOURNALISTS AND POLICE COMMIT TO OBSERVE EACH OTHER’S WORK TO AVOID CONFRONTATIONS ESPECIALLY DURING EVENTS SUCH AS ELECTIONS, PEACEFUL OR VIOLENT DEMONSTRATIONS, VIP VISITS ETC
  5. THE POLICE AND JOURNALISTS MUST CO-EXIST AND TRUST EACH OTHER FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE MASSES.
  6. THE POLICE AND JOURNALISTS SHOULD JOINTLY DEVELOP STRATEGIES ONHOW TO ENHANCE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF JOURNALISTS IN CONFLICT AREAS, INCLUDING UNDERSTANDING THE GEOGRAPHY OF THE PLACE OF OPERATION.
  7. MEDIA INSTITUTIONS MUST STRONGLY CONSIDER TAKING OUT INSURANCE POLICIES FOR THEIR NEWS STAFF IN ORDER TO ENHANCE THEIR SAFETY AND SECURITY DURING JOURNALISTIC WORK.
  8. MEDIA INSTITUTIONS MUST CONSIDER INVESTING IN IDENTIFICATION, SAFETY EQUIPMENT/ ATTIRE AND APPROPRIATE TRANSPORT FOR THEIR NEWS STAFF ESPECIALLY WHEN WORKING IN CONFLICT AREAS OR COVERING EVENTS SUCH AS VIOLENT DEMOSNTRATIONS.
  9. POLICE AND MEDIA TO HAVE A PLATFORM WHERE THEY CAN REGULARLY MEET TO DIALOGUE AND CO-EXIST.

THE BLOGGERS OF ZAMBIA, CHIPATA PRESS CLUB AND ZAMBIA POLICE SERVICE IN EASTERN PROVINCE CALL UPON ALL JOURNALISTS AND POLICE OFFICERS TO WORK TOGETHER IN SUPPLYING VERIFIED AND CREDIBLE INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC TO ENHANCE DEMOCRACY IN ZAMBIA.

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