Zambia: Govt Urges Prime TV To Make New Application For Its Broadcasting License

20 May 2020

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Zambia’s government has reportedly urged the privately-owned TV station Prime TV to submit a new application for its broadcasting license.

The Permanent Secretary of Zambia’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services, Amos Malupenga, said that this is because the shutdown of the TV station was purely done because its broadcasting licence had expired.

Mr Malupenga said that the closure of the Post Newspaper and that of Prime TV should not be confused as the shutdown of the Post newspaper was based on the company’s failure to pay taxes while Prime TV’s license had expired.

The Permanent Secretary was speaking last week on various media platforms in commemoration of World Press Freedom day which was hosted by the veteran journalist, Costa Mwansa.

Malupenga denied allegations made by the public accusing the government of shrinking the operating space of private media by closing down Prime TV and the Post Newspaper.

Speaking on the same platform, the Chairperson of MISA Zambia Hellen Mwale and the Independent Free Press representative, Joan Chirwa said that the media in Zambia is not operating freely, in their opinions.

Source: Zambiare Sports www.zambiareports.com