The government has called upon the media to serve the national interest instead of focusing on politics.

Addressing editors of local and foreign media organisations this Friday morning, the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Dr Christopher Mushohwe said the media should stay clear of being used as political instruments by different political parties.

Minister Mushowe noted that the media has relapsed to a very polarised state like it was in 2008 and 2013 due to the impending 2018 elections with most media houses departing from the cardinal functions of educating, informing and entertaining the public.

Dr Mushohwe said there are a lot of positive economic activities happening on the ground which will provide better news such as the command farming programme which is likely to yield a bumper harvest for the nation.

He warned journalists to desist from the unethical conduct of taking brown envelopes.

This is the second time Dr Mushohwe has met editors for a no-holds barred discussion after convening a similar meeting two months after he assumed office as Minister of Information.