PF has Suspended broadcasting licences for Muvi TV, Komboni Radio and ITezhi Tezhi Radio through the so called independent Broadcasting Authority IBA. Prime TV is next.
This means Muvi Tv and other affected radios have to stop broadcasting now.
A few months ago, the PF regine closed down the Post Newspaper using the Zambia Revenue Authority.
IBA Board Chairperson Brigadier General Justine Mutale said in a press release issued in Lusaka today that the suspension of broadcasting licenses is with immediate effect. Brig Gen Mutale says the suspension follows the unprofessional conduct in which the three broadcasting stations have conducted themselves in the recent past which has posed a risk to peace and national stability. “The authority has observed that before, during and after the just ended August 11, general elections, Muvi TV, Komboni radio, and radio Itezhi-tezhi have been conducting themselves in an unprofessional manner contrary to the provisions of the IBA Act,” Brig Gen Mutale says. “It has therefore become necessary for the authority to suspend the licenses for the three stations in the public interest.” He has however advised the parties to appeal against the decision of the Board pursuant to section 31 (1) of the IBA Ammendment Act of 2010 which provides that “A person who is aggrieved with the decision of the Board under this part may appeal to the Minister within thirty days.” “The suspension has been done under Section 29 (1) (i) of the IBA Act of 2010 which provides that “The Board may cancel broadcasting license if the cancellation of the license is necessary in the interest of public safety, security, peace, welfare or good order,” says Brig Gen Mutale. The decision came after a Board meeting which was held in Lusaka today 22nd August, 2016 and resolved to suspend the licenses for the three broadcasting stations with immediate effect. He has however cautioned broadcasting houses that the Authority will not hesitate to take decisive action against any broadcaster found to be unprofessional in their broadcast.