Government insists it will ensure that media practictioners are working in a conducive environment without routine political influence.

The stance has been made by information minister Gospel Kazako after he held a meeting with managers and owners of media institutions at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre.

The aim of the interface meeting was to discuss issues affecting the media fraternity and map a way forward in addressing them.

Some of the raised concerns included unpaid debts by government to media houses, and taxation that the media owe government.

According to Kazako, government is placing deliberate policies and pieces of legislation to ensure challenges raised by media owners are addressed.

“Government is also aware of complaints from some media houses that they are facing challenges in coverage since the change in radio frequences. This is not entirely right because media institutions were not given enough time to inform their listeners of the changes” he said.

Kazako has since described the abrupt changes of frequencies as politically motivated since the country was about to hold elections.

He says government believes that the previous leadership wanted to distort flow of information at that time.

Kazako has since hinted that his ministry will engage technocrats to solve the problems at hand.

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