MISA upset with ZICTA for restricting UNZA radio broadcast to hostels

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia has expressed concern over the reduction in the radius transmission of the University of Zambia (UNZA) Radio from 1,000 watts to 260 watts.

The Zambia Information and Communications Authority (ZICTA) reduced the transmission radius of UNZA radio recently.

The station is alleged to be diverting from its original purpose and is now providing a platform for advancing political interests.

MISA Vice Chairperson Nalumino Nalumino said ZICTA was going against the law by adjusting the transmission radius which according to the Radio broadcast licence, provides for the station to operate within a radius of up to 1,000 watts.

Mr. Nalumino said the reduction in the radius was an infringement on freedom of the press and that it will also put the Radio Station at risk of breaching its contractual obligations with its advertising clients.

He has since called for the implementation of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to enhance independent broadcast media operations which will be free from political interference.

Mr. Nalumino disclosed that MISA has since written to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga seeking audience with him to discuss numerous issues.

He also called on government to stick to its original pledge of upholding freedom of expression and allow Zambians to freely express themselves on various issues affecting their welfare.

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