IBA Shuts Down Zambia’s Lutanda Radio For Promoting Tribalism And Hate Speech -Reports

5 December 2019

Regulation & Policy

The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has announced that it has with immediate effect suspended the broadcasting license for Zambia’s Lutanda Radio Station for 30 days after the station broadcast a story with the potential to promote hate speech.

IBA’s Director-General Josephine Mapoma said that the aired story had great potential to put the nation’s peace and security at risk.

Ms Mapoma said that the decision to suspend the license was reached during an emergency IBA Board meeting.

Briefing the media, Ms Mapoma explained that the IBA found Radio Lutanda to have aired a programme deemed to promote tribalism and hate speech, thereby failing to follow the guidelines provided for Religious Broadcasting Stations.

On the 12th November 2019, the Authority reportedly followed a breaking story that alleged that Lutanda Radio in Kasama was actively promoting tribalism on air.

This prompted the IBA to investigate the matter further, and it obtained soundbites of the show.

After conducting investigations and analysing all the recordings, the Authority found the radio station guilty of various violations of the broadcasting laws and suspended its licence.

During the suspension, the station has been instructed to conduct in-house training on basic journalism ethics, scriptwriting, programme moderation skills and ethical broadcasting.

Source: Lusaka Times