African Freedom of Expression Exchange together with its member MiSA Zambia is calling on Zambia’s Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to reconsider the decision to suspend Prime Television.
The Secretary General of Zambia’s ruling PF has barred Prime Television from covering any of its party activities, while supporters have assaulted 3 of the station’s reporters in separate incidents within a space of two weeks.
AFEX joins Zambian journalists, bloggers and activities in requesting the government to include multi-stakeholders in the enactment of internet policies that will ensure access to a free and open internet.
Zambia’s police Inspector General Kakoma Kanganja suggested that some “publications” could be shut down while emergency powers are in place.
MISA Zambia welcomes the pronouncement by Justice Minister Given Lubinda at the 2017 Universal Periodic Review that the Access to Information bill is ready and that the government is working on systems that will readily avail the information to the public.
Zambia’s Independent Broadcasting Authority alleged that the three privately-owned broadcasters were guilty of professional misconduct and “posed a risk to national peace and stability.”
“Political leaders must know that this decision to close the Post newspaper, in addition to political violence, restriction of fundamental freedoms of association, expression and movement undermines the holding of a free, fair and peaceful election, scheduled for August 2016.”
There is evidence to suggest that The Post is not the only media house that has tax problems in Zambia, which clearly shows that the closure of the newspaper is a political move that is beyond tax issues, as alleged.
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Zambia’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Chishimba Kambwili, on October 22, 2015, threatened to revoke the operating licence of Radio Phoenix, the country’s oldest private broadcasting station, if it allegedly continues to be influenced by the opposition.
The highly anticipated presentation of Zambia’s access to information bill has stalled on more than five occasions consecutively since 2011, with the government citing what can be termed as insubstantial reasons.
Reporters Without Borders condemns attacks on media pluralism during the campaign for the presidential election in Zambia due to the ruling Patriotic Front’s harassment and threats against several news outlets.
Youth and Sport Minister Chishimba Kambwili has threatened to dismiss reporters at UNZA Radio, and has accused them of being sponsored by his enemies.
The information minister said the government did not expect the media to have any difficulties in complying with the new code of ethics, as the principles and ideas were already known to media practitioners.