Zambia Defends Prime TV License Suspension
9 April 2019
Chanda Kasolo, the Permanent Secretary of the Zambian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services, justified as correct the recent suspension of the Prime TV license.
Earlier this month, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) suspended the Lusaka-based private television station’s licence, citing a number of insensitive and unprofessional elements in its broadcasting through grossly unbalanced coverage, opinionated news, use of derogatory language and material likely to incite violence.
Kasolo, who also happens to be an IBA board chairperson, maintained that Prime TV was out of order ethically hence the decision by the IBA to suspend its license for a minimum of 30 days while the authority further reviews the TV stations operations.
Kasolo spoke on the matter in an interview on the Zambian radio station Hot FM. He underlined that it has never been the deliberate intention of Zambia’s government to shut down the country’s private media stations inaccurately.
He added that the Zambian government is in the process of amending the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) Acts in order to make them responsive not only to the needs of the Zambian people but also to the projected aspirations of government.