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Lungu directs Chipampe to sanitise media of fake news

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has urged his new special assistant for press and public relations Isaac Chipampe to bring sanity in the media by ending the unbecoming trend of publishing fake news, especially in the wake of social media. During the swearing-in ceremony at State House yesterday, President Lungu congratulated Chipampe on his appointment. He said the position of Special Assistant to the President was very senior in the civil service and comes with immense responsibilities.

“You will soon get to know that your new office is very demanding, often requiring that you go an extra mile, including sacrificing your time, to get the work done. However, I have no doubt that with your 24 years of professional experience in the media, you are equal to the task ahead of you,” he told Chipampe, who was until his appointment director for press and media development at Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services. “I am also confident that with your vast skills in media management, you will contribute to bringing sanity in the media fraternity by finding solutions to end the unbecoming trend of journalists thriving on publishing fake news, especially in the wake of social media.”

President Lungu said this type of journalism was retrogressive and negatively impacts the development of the country.

“Let me also encourage you to continue exhibiting professionalism, loyalty, trust and commitment to duty, which I must state, has earned you this deserved promotion. May the almighty God bless and guide you as you serve the Presidency and the people of Zambia,” said President Lungu.

Chipampe previously served as managing director at the Zambia Daily Mail where he also served as political editor and reporter.

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