The State of the Media Report is a quarterly assessment of the media environment in Zambia. This edition covers the fourth quarter of 2020 i.e. October-December. This assessment and record describes the media trends in Zambia during the period and was prepared under the auspices of MISA Zambia.
This report includes a number of interesting occurrences that added new developments, twists and opportunities alike for the overall media environment in Zambia. These findings among other data compiled in the course of the study formed the conclusion on the state of the media in the quarter under review. Overall, the state of the media featured trends similar to the previous quarter despite some marginal positive gains posted in certain variables in some of the key thematic areas under consideration. The report serves as an advocacy tool for media policy reform as well as an archive of information which can be used for reference on media developments in Zambia.
The report has previously helped to shape policy formulation with regard to media freedom, freedom of expression and access to information in Zambia. The report, which has been published quarterly for over fifteen (15) years, serves as a tool for dialogue and action in the media fraternity, government and non-governmental sectors alike. The rationale of the report is based on the corollary between media performance of certain cardinal functions and democratic governance. However, the media are affected by various trends and developments that could undermine their performance. In this regard, the report is divided into various sections covering the socio-political, economic, legal and technological environment in which the media operated in the period under review.
The report is available here