Government to target some radio and TV stations over Sesheke reporting

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary, Chanda Kasolo says government will not hesitate to revoke licences of media houses that fail to abide by set laws and regulations by the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA).

And Kasolo, says he is “very disgusted” about how certain radio and television stations reported on the Sesheke by-election.

He says “appropriate action” will be taken against such media houses for their failure to abide by the set regulations adding that some radio and television stations are abusing the licences which the IBA gave to them.

According to ZANIS, Kasolo, who was speaking in Chipata at a Radio and Television Managers and Board members’ workshop organised by the IBA, says the IBA cannot risk a few “irresponsible” radio or television stations to bring chaos in the country.

He says he will ensure that the IBA strictly carries out its mandate in accordance with the provision of its Act.

Kasolo says Zambia is a peaceful nation, adding that if a civil war was to break out, a lot of investors would be lost.

He acknowledged that freedom of expression is embedded in the constitution, but says he is not happy with the way media houses are abusing the licences given by the IBA.

Kasolo cautioned journalists against expressing opinions on matters but rather work effectively as news carriers.

And speaking earlier, IBA director general, Josphine Mapoma, said her institution has called for the workshop to remind the licensees about its obligations.

Mapoma said IBA wants to see a lot of professionalism among media houses in the country.

In the aftermath of the ruling Patriotic Front’s loss in Sesheke, party Secretary General Davies Mwila wrote to the Independent Broadcasting Authority to complain about Prime TV’s alleged biased coverage of the poll.


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