The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has expressed concern over the rise in cases of cyber bullying, fake news, online rumours and general internet abuse.
IBA Board Chairperson Mabel Mung’omba said there is need to curtail such trends.
Ms. Mung’omba stated that once enacted, Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Bill of 2021 will regulate such cyber bullying, fake news, online rumours and other vices.
She said in a press statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today that unlike social media platforms, traditional media have instituted gate-keeping processes that preserve the integrity of the content channeled to the public.
Ms. Mung’omba has since encouraged all broadcasting stations that utilize the internet to do so in a professional manner and adhere to the same guidelines that they follow when writing news for traditional media.
She said IBA has noted with regret that most social media users pay no regard to the negative impact of the messages they post.
The IBA chairperson said some messages on social media may have far reaching consequences on the victims.
Ms. Mung’omba said it is unfortunate that most of the victims of the attacks are women, girls and children who may not have the means of defending themselves.
She said media houses and stations should avoid reporting gender stereotypes.
She further cautioned broadcasting stations to be careful in the manner they use online platforms as sources of information.
Ms. Mung’omba has meanwhile commended government for its efforts aimed at stopping cyberbullying, fake news, online rumours and general internet abuse.