MISA Zambia has appealed to the Zambia police to protect journalists in the line of duty especially as the country heads towards the 2021 General elections.
The Media board has also told political parties that it is not the duty of media houses to campaign for them but rather a platform to communicate policies and manifestos.
MISA Zambia Board member Martin Akende said despite media recording growth in the recent years, journalists had continued to suffer harassment at the hands of political cadres.
Akende said it was unfortunate that media personnel still suffered harassment, violence, intimidation from both political players and members of the public.
He said this during the launch of the first and second state of the media report in Lusaka.
Meanwhile the review of the first and second quarters has shown that the state of the media was generally unstable despite certain gains.
The report has also revealed that there is need for professionalism and adherence to the media ethics for both private and public media.
The report has further recommended for enhancement of autonomy and independence of IBA for it to professionally handle matters.