USA says closure of Prime TV counterproductive

USA says closure of Prime TV counterproductive

A statement posted on the Embassy page states :

The United States remains a staunch advocate for inherent human freedoms around the world. U.S. Embassy Lusaka joins other voices in concern over the Independent Broadcast Authority’s decision to suspend Prime TV’s broadcasting license. The fundamental freedoms of speech and the press are critical for the advancement of a vibrant democracy.
The United States finds the suspension of Prime TV’s license counterproductive to upholding these principles, and encourages an urgent reconsideration of this action.

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    Thank God am not in Zambia. So ignorant

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    worried person 2 weeks ago

    Dominic, you seem to be lagging behind always in terms of serious issues, don’t think when you , yourself are enjoying or living well, you think it’s everyone ,it’s a big NO. imagine the loss prime TV has made, also think about the youth working there losing employment. imagine millions of who are deprived of real news, i.e Educational …..meal allowances of university students, social welfare issues,police and you issues. when it will affect you that’s when you will think about private media. don’t blame the USA embassy, we need these people they add value to us, if America pulls away today even ARVs will be shortfall and imagine how many people will be affected. Reason properly and you will see things in the right way.

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    American didn’t and still don’t care what happened in Rwanda, and it’s the same with their homosexuality! To them democranyenganing with the ass is OK. Africa must learn from this and bind together to solve it’s own problems

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    Judy chomba 2 weeks ago

    Ba Dominic 
    Bakulakulafye. Ikalenifye, nangula mukabwelelemo kumushi. Time is up.

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    Dominic 2 weeks ago

    The USA embassy must have been keen listeners to Prime TV and must have watched how some of the people who feature on various programs disrespect President Lungu without the Station admonishing either the presenters or the guests who appear thereon for the remarks they utter.

    On July 25,2018 a pair of talk radio hosts who repeatedly referred to New Jersey’s Sikh Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal, as “Turban man” and “the guy with the turban”on Wednesday were suspended for 10 days and apologized for “a series of insensitive comments.”
    The station, NJ 101.5-FM, announced the decision to suspend hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco on its website late Thursday afternoon. By then the hosts were at the center of a firestorm on social media and the governor had called for the station to take action against the veteran radio personalities. This is how Prime TV should have been behaving.

    Furthermoe,in UK,Sheffield-based Iman FM had its licence suspended by Ofcom for playing the lectures by radical American Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.This was on July 7,2017.

    The regulator said parts of the material was “likely to encourage or incite crime or lead to disorder”.Is this not what IBA stated as one of the reasons for suspending Prime TV.
    Nearer home,on March 23,2018,The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) suspended licenses of 23 radio stations for allegedly promoting witchcraft.
    According to the Commission’s spokesperson, Ms Pamela Ankunda, the closed radio stations have been participating in promoting and advertising witchcraft content, aiding and abetting electronic fraud.
    The radio stations are: Metro FM, Nile FM, Kagadi Broadcasting Services, Emambya FM, Village Club FM, Radio Kitara, Packwach FM and Tropical FM.
    Others are Apex FM, Bamboo FM, Ssebo FM, Eastern Voice FM, Eye FM, Victoria FM, RFM, Kiira FM, Tiger FM, Greater African Radio, Dana FM, Gold FM, Hits FM and Radio 5.

    Banning or Suspending TV and Radio Station Licences is not just practiced by Zambia but all well meaning countries who want order to prevail.This has nothing to do with violating Freedom of Expression rights.