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Video: US pledges $250 million to World Bank against future pandemics

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In this video, the United States president, Joe Biden announced at the ongoing G7 Summit in Japan, revealed that the world’s superpower would commit more financial resources to international lender, the World Bank.

Biden said the fund, a sum of $250 million, would help the world to be better prepared, prevent, detect and respond to future pandemics.

The World Bank is a major creditor for most African countries as the continent strives to fund development. The world recently experienced a pandemic, Covid-19, which shook it and has had 766,440,796 confirmed cases and 6,932,591 death globally.

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‘Complex, contentious,’ media enthusiast says media rights often depend on goodwill of political leadership (video)

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Kitwe Press Club spokesperson, Michael Kaluba, has described the media landscape in Zambia as complex and contentious.

In a conversation with Zambia Monitor in Kitwe, Kaluba examines the place of media freedom and freedom of speech.

He explained that media freedom encompassed the liberties granted to the media under the legislation, allowing them to publish, interact with the public and newsmakers, and disseminate information.

“When discussing media freedoms in Zambia, it’s a contentious issue. In the past, critical media outlets like the Post Newspaper and Prime TV had been shut down under the guise of ‘media freedoms’,” Kaluba stated.

He noted that such actions had led some media houses to tread cautiously in criticizing those in power.

“It’s a delicate balance because media freedoms often depend on the goodwill of those in power,” Kaluba added.

He further argued saying, “If a President is not media-friendly at a given time, media freedoms can be compromised. I advocate for a truly independent media with the freedom to investigate and publish without fear.”

Despite the enactment of the Access to Information bill, Kaluba sees little change in facilitating access to information due to a lack of operational regulations.

“The ATI law is still in its infancy. The media continues to operate under the influence of those in power, despite the constitution’s guarantee of freedom of expression,” Kaluba said.

However, he observed that even though the constitution guarantees freedom of speech, people are still hesitant to discuss certain sensitive topics such as corruption and procurement procedures.

“These are contentious issues that those in power often wish to avoid,” Kaluba noted.

Kaluba voiced his concerns over the seeming overregulation of electronic media by the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Act, suggesting that IBA regulations should focus solely on professionalism and ethics rather than content control.

He also highlighted the lack of legal protection for journalists while on duty.

“We have heard of legal clinics for the media, but they are not widely publicized. Moreover, most media houses lack in-house legal counsel, leaving our journalists vulnerable,” he explained.

Finally, Kaluba appealed to organisations like the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and others to connect journalists with legal clinics to ensure the protection they currently lack.

 

This story is sponsored content from Zambia Monitor’s Project Aliyense.

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In this video, the Deputy President of South Africa’s opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Floyd Shivambu, talks about the politics of conflict resolution within parliament largely in favour of the ruling African National Congress (ACN).

Shivambu, while engaging members of the media at the 7th Central Elections Task Force (CETF) meeting, called for independent internal mechanisms and systems to hold members of parliament accountable away from the existing approach which he argued is extremely partisan and factional.

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