Big blow for Prime TV as High Court sides with gvt

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The Lusaka High Court has dismissed an application for a conservatory order by Prime TV, which would have overturned the government’s decision to cut all commercial ties with the broadcaster. 

Prime TV sought a reversal on the government directive issued on 17th March which precluded the broadcaster from having access to government officials or covering government events.

On the government’s directive, Prime has also been removed from the Topstar and MultiChoice networks – a decision it would also like to see reversed. 

Meanwhile, Judge Catherine Phiri ruled against the broadcaster, saying it was not within the court’s power to reverse government’s decision. 

The government, in its defence, argued that an official boycott was necessary as Prime had acted against the public interest in refusing to air Covid-19 informational advertisements free of charge. 

The state argued that it had not impinged Prime’s ability to broadcast by merely refusing to collaborate with the broadcaster.

However, earlier this month the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) revoked Prime’s broadcasting license, arguing that it was “necessary in the interest of public safety”.

Several commentators, including former Minister of Commerce Robert Sichinga, have alleged that Minister of Information Dora Siliya was behind the decision. 

“I can tell you that it is not IBA that has decided, this is a directive from the Minister herself,” Sichinga is quoted as stating.

The Committee to Protect Journalists hand the Law Association of Zambia have both called for government and the IBA to reinstate Prime’s licence. 


3 Responses to Big blow for Prime TV as High Court sides with gvt

  1. open prime we start hearing news, what is wrong with your brins you people.

    Kabamba chulu
    April 24, 2020 at 1:30 pm

  2. Dora Mubalama, open the Prime TV. We dont listen to ZNBC, its rotten. Bring back our loved station. SEER1, is watching you. Open the TV now.

    Rose Mwila
    April 25, 2020 at 6:41 am

  3. Does this mean Prime TV will have to sue IBA separately since this case was against government? John Sangwa please tell us

    Unsocial Distance
    April 25, 2020 at 12:52 pm

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