"As for me, I would be happy if the government controlled media also publish about me that I have stolen and not to hide"
Minister Tetamashimba confessing that indeed the Daily Mail and Times of Zambia are controlled by Government. Presumably Zambians are very comfortable with the fact that tax payers money is wasted on institutions that only serves the purposes of the ruling party. When are we as a people ever going wake up ? In these modern times there's absolutely no reason for Government ownership of newspapers, let alone one fully controlled by it.
A question to GRZ Journalists :
I really want to know from journalists at the Daily Mail and Times of Zambia (I know they read this blog, but probably not anymore after this). How do you sleep at night, knowing your whole careers are built on acting as spin for Government? Do you just see it simply as a job like any other? Is it lack of alternative employment which has helped you park your moral consciousness? Or have you convinced yourself that you are independent of government? Is it a sort of stockholm syndrome? What is it? I really want to know and I am mean in no way to sound disparaging. Its just that money is wasted on employing organisations such as yours and when I read garbage daily it gets to me a bit. I don't want my grandmother in Mwansabombwe paying taxes just to prop you up without end product.
I want to avoid confusion - for the avoidance of doubt, I don't think the issues I have raised above apply to the Post. I do not care about newspapers that are owned by the private sector. It is up to the market to deal with those issues through competition. Where market failures arise the Government can correct through legislation or other means e.g. laws on defamation, enacting independent complaints commissions, etc. So let us not make this discussion about The Post. My issue is specifically predicated on papers owned by tax payers. [Another reason might be the issue of the "fight against corruption" - see Corruption Wars - Part 3 (Corruption & The Press)]