NGOCC accuses public media of inciting tribal tensions

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The Non-Governmental Organizations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has condemned the public media for promoting ethnically inflammatory content.

NGOCC board chairperson Sara Longwe has also asked all political party leaders to desists from using derogatory language in order to preserve the national peace. Longwe said this a statement made available to Zamban Eye.

“We have noted with deep concern the reports especially in the public media which seem to be inciting ethnic tensions. It is the responsibility of all media in the country to ensure that we maintain the peace. The media have a responsibility particularly to ensure that they play a unifying role by avoiding divisive reports that may cause anger and hatred among the ppeopl,” Longwe said.

“(NGOCC) is deeply saddened at the reported post election violence in some parts of the country. On behalf of the women’s movement we appeal to all the leaders of political parties to denounce the violence and make their members refrain from engaging in any form of violence.

“It is important that as the Constitutional Court decides on the election petition all Zambians remain peaceful. We particularly urge leaders of all political parties to desist from using inflammatory and derogatory statements against each other. The Patriotic Front (PF) who were declared the winners in the August 11 election should avoid mocking the opposition. Similarly, we urge the opposition especially the United Party for National Development (UPND) to avoid issuing inflammatory statements that may cause anarchy in the country,” she explained .

Meanwhile, the NGOCC says it is saddened by the decision by the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to suspend the broadcasting licenses of three media houses, namely Muvi TV, Komboni Radio and Itezhi Tezhi Radio.

“While we do not condone any form of illegality we think the suspension of the three media houses is aimed at muzzling the independent voices. We urge the IBA to engage the said media houses in a more civil manner and allow them to continue broadcasting. Zambia is a democracy and the media has an important role to play in deepening this culture as the fourth State on checks and balance in governance”


One Response to NGOCC accuses public media of inciting tribal tensions

  1. I may not be a lawyer,but the application of Law association of zambia asking to be part of the constitution court raises eyebrows,is LAZ telling us the honerable judjes can not interprete the law better than LAZ? the other interpretation is that LAZ doubts the qualifications of those honerable judjes,or are they telling us rules have changed now the members of LAZ who were not appointed and ratified must now take jurisdiction of courts ,just who’s interest do this association want to serve an individual or individuals? of late the association is been raising a lot of dust in almost every matter that has a mention of law,in essence LAZ has become the defacto court of appeal as if we have no courts where the agrieved should seek redress i dont this is the way we ought to go,our learned friends with due respect can you please leave the concourt to do its job uninterupted? dont insult the intergrety of our honnerable judjes and dont take advantage of our purppoted ignorance.

    patriotic zambian
    August 25, 2016 at 9:58 pm

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