The PF Government has directed all its ministries and departments to withdraw any advertisement on Sun Fm Radio of Ndola.
The banning of government adverts on Sun FM is directly related to the Radio’s decision to host UPND leader Hakainde
Hichilema last week where he was almost assassinated by PF government sponsored thugs.
According to sources from the ministry of information, ailing dictator Micheal Sata through his spokesperson George Chellah has directed that any government official who will disregard the order will be fired.
The idea of withdrawing adverts from financially struggling media is a common tool by dictatorships around the world especially in Africa.
It is meant to cripple the operations of independent media houses. Desperate regimes often think they can suppress information by closing free media outlets. But people always find alternative means of accessing information.
With the Zambian economy in tatters due to lack of key skills by current rulers, few private business can afford to advertise on radio and therefore sustain the free media. All the so called big business are connected to the government all they fear losing their operation licenses. In such situations, it is only the brave who stand up.
The Media will either have to close or emulate Radio Phoenix by playing it safe and only read press statements but no critical news.
On Ndola’s FM, Zamtel will be the first one to pull out unless radio owners agree to stop hosting opposition leaders but just start parroting PF slogans and praising the PF.
ZAMTEL insiders tell the Watchdog that ZAMTEL will soon inform Sun Fm the termination of contract, which they have.