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Petauke DC closes radio station over UPND program

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PASME FM says it has its radio station closed by the Petauke District Commissioner for trying to run a paid UPND program.

According to Mathew Banda from PASME FM, the Commissioner stopped the program claiming that the station should seek a police permit whenever it wants to feature an opposition party.

“We have a problem here, the District Commissioner for Petauke Velenasi Moyo pounced on our Radio station this evening and stopped a paid up recorded UPND program saying we have to always get a police permit whenever we what to feature any opposition political party on radio,” he said.

He added that the station had notified the police during the day over the program, adding that the security situation was ok.

“No any politicians from any political party came to interfere as the program was running. She came and demanded for a police permit, then she further called the police to come and close the station. she has that the station will remain closed until further notice because we have aired an opposition program,” added Banda.

Banda said the management at the station was shocked to with that action and was seeking guidance from their superiors.

Meanwhile, the Zambia Institute of Independent Media Alliance (ZIIMA) has challenged the Zambia police service to arrest what they described as a traceable perpetrator of media attacks who happens to be a District Commissioner in Petauke.

“It is sad that in this time and era, officers from the police service who were used to close down PASME fm in Petauke district Eastern province at the orders of a civil servant do not even understand the law but ignorantly act on political instructions.

“As a media body that is thriving to promote media freedoms, we are shocked that civil servants under the current leadership go unpunished despite commiting crimes, the latest ones being the Petauke and Mwinilunga DC who also blocked well wishers from donating.

“We want to remind the head of state that the continued uncouth behavior of his appointees will not stop until he cracks a whip, failure to do so will cement our view that they have his blessings,” said ZIIMA President, Jajah Coulibaly.


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