“Suspension of Prime TV station a ploy to muzzle independent voices”

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Amnesty International has condemned the decision by the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to suspend independent broadcaster Prime TV for 30 days, describing it as a ploy to muzzle independent voices in Zambia.

Reacting to the announcement of the 30-day suspension of Prime TV today for alleged unprofessional conduct, Amnesty International also described the suspension unlawful and called for its immediate lifting.

“The suspension of Prime TV is a ploy to muzzle independent voices in Zambia and to undermine the right to freedom of expression and media freedom. It is clearly intended to send a chilling message that journalists need to self-censor or face dire consequences,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa.

“This unlawful suspension must be immediately lifted to allow Prime TV to continue telling the Zambian story as it unfolds. Zambia can only benefit from the plurality of media voices.”

The Independent Broadcasting Authority informed Prime TV of its suspension for 30 days earlier today, citing failure to comply with the conditions of its broadcasting license by the station.

Media freedom has been under attack in Zambia in recent years. In 2016, authorities sanctioned the closure of the The Postnewspaper, one of the country’s longest serving independent newspapers. Its owner, Fred M’embe, and news editor, Joseph Mwenda, had been previously brutalized by the police for the newspaper’s critical reporting.


One Response to “Suspension of Prime TV station a ploy to muzzle independent voices”

  1. I was watching ZNBC news content and found that it was too inclined towards acts of praise and nothing on the looming drought and it’s effects. The lifting of the ban on exporting maize is not thought out. How much surplus do we have to warrant offloading maize when that threatens our food security?

    March 6, 2019 at 9:31 am

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