President Lungu says he holds the media in high esteem because they are a noble profession that informs and educates the public.
He told them that they were at liberty to insult him if they so wished stating that, that would neither move him nor bother him in the least bit.
He however warned them to desist from doing anything that would cause a breach of peace in the nation and endanger the lives of innocent citizens.
He stated that it was at that point that his government would ensure that the law took its course against the erring media stating that irresponsible reporting had caused a lot of problems not only in Zambia but the world at large.
“If you endanger the peace and security of this country, you will not be my friend, if you don’t pay your taxes, we can’t be friends. And the law will take its course against you,” he said.
We won’t come to your home in the night and make you disappear. This country is governed by laws. Therefore, our friends in the Press, feel free to write your stories based on facts. But break the law, and it will visit you,” he added.
Prime TV, a station believed to be inciting the population, was recently suspended for a month by the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA).
The suspension has triggered widespread condemnation.