On 17 August 2011, four privately-owned radio stations went off the air for most of the day, on the third climactic day of protests against the government.
In the early hours of 17 August, only static could be heard from the four stations' assigned frequencies. The situation had Christian broadcaster Harvest FM and independent music and current affairs stations People's Choice FM (PC FM), MoAfrika FM and Thaha-Khube FM (TK FM) off the air. This happened a day after the government held an unusual meeting with at least two of the affected stations.
The Zambian government has warned that it will revoke operating licenses of all radio stations airing political campaign songs before the date for this year's tripartite elections is announced, the "Daily Mail" reports. However, the opposition Patriotic Front (PF) party has hit back by saying that the electoral code of conduct does not prohibit the media from airing political campaign songs before the elections.