We will switch off our cameras if cadres continue beating up our Journalists, warns ZNBC DG

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ZNBC carries the proceedings live: Tamara Nyirenda.
FILE: ZNBC Camera lady t beaming proceedings live: Tamara Nyirenda.

Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation Director General Richards Mwanza has warned that the national broadcaster will be forced to switch off cameras if political cadres do not stop harassing its Reporters.

Mr Mwanza said harassment of Journalists is unacceptable because the national broadcaster works in public interest.

He has since appealed to political parties to help sensitise their cadres on the best way of approaching Journalists.

Mr Mwanza said reports of ZNBC Journalists being targeted for harassment by cadres have continued to increase ahead of the August polls.

He said the state broadcaster will stop covering political events if the harassment continues.

The ZNBC Chief was speaking in Lusaka on Monday when he officially opened a two day Elections Reporting training for ZNBC Journalists which is being facilitated by the BBC Media Action.

And ZNBC Corporate Secretary Reuben Kajokoto revealed that the state broadcaster is sometimes put under undue pressure from politicians to air defamatory content.

Mr Kajokoto cited the case of Chanda Chimba’s Stand up for Zambia television documentaries as one case where all structures of ZNBC were overruled by politicians to have the documentaries aired.

“We as a Corporation refused to run Stand up for Zambia even management here refused. It even went up to the Board and it also refused but we were all over ruled by the powers that be. Even that material that was eventually aired was edited because we felt the original content was libellous,” Mr Kajokoto said.
He said the state broadcaster is fully aware on the need to desist from running defamatory content on its channels.
“ZNBC stopped running the latest UPND campaign advert Bello after the PF complained that there were defamatory elements in the song because the PF is being accused of corruption which even ZNBC itself cannot prove so we had to review the entire song and we later agreed that it was not fit to continue running on ZNBC and we stopped it. We did this even before the ECZ could sanction us because we are now more careful to avoid litigation,” he said.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Richard Mwanza, are you dumb? You must be! you don’t feature their rallies anyway, So why the hell do you go there. Just to PF rallies. Stop wasting resources and let to be upfront and just say opposition party rallies because ZNBC is PF.

    Thanks

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    • Sorry people meant to say ” Just go to PF Rallies and Lets be upfront” I hate liers go a bit upset.LOL

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    • We DEFINITELY would welcome ZNBC to switch off their cameras!!! We are so fed up with PamaFi Bu.ll.Shi.te.!

      Vote Wisely 11/8/2016!! Vote Zambia FORWARD!! Vote UPND!! Abantu baya!!

      #chagwamustfall!! PamaFikuyabebele!!

      I thank you!!

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  2. True Cat Power. These political appointees just sing “His masters voice”.
    They & their P.F, are a sheer waste of time & space, & I hope they go with their clueless bosses in Panga family P.F.

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  3. I thought you already did that to the opposition even without provocation. I keep wondering every time I watch ZNBC whether the opposition were still in Zambia or whether ZNBC was still a public broadcaster supported by Zambian tax payers because all I see is PF, PF,PF and more PF. To me it appears its only the tax being paid by PF helping in running ZNBC

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  4. Coz u dem biased. Forsake,,can switch yr useless cameras and go to hell. If had a way,,I would NEVER ever pay TV levy to ZNBC.

    You are pathetic.!

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  5. Ba Mwanza, I for one have already switched off ZNCB…! Please go right ahead and see if Chimbwili will let you…!

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  6. I THINK IT IS IMMORAL TO TALK ABOUT UPND WHEN YOU DONT WANT TO COVER WHAT THEY ARE DOING. LET ZNBC TALK ABOUT POOR FARMER PARTY. YOU ARE GOING AND JUST PREPARE TO GET ME RIGHT BECAUSE OF YOUR FAILED PARTY.

    WHAT KIND OF SONGS DOES PF PLAY? WHY CANT YOU STOP IT TOO?

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  7. If Mr Mwanza is a professional and he is not scared of Chishimba Kambwili, I challenge him to Invite HH to a live broadcast of Sunday Interview.

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  8. THINGS DO NOT ADD UP HERE. HOW CAN SURELY DEADNBC GO AND COVER THE INSULTS OF GBM AND BROADCAST THEM. HOW CAN THEY SURELY GO AND COVER UNFOUNDED ALLEGATIONS OF A POWER HUNGRY SECT OF THE COUNTRY DISCREDITING THEIR EMPLOYERS. ON THE OTHER HAND IF THESE COMPAIGNS HAVE BEEN ISSUE BASED THIS PROBLEM WOULD HAVE BEEN NON EXISTANT.

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  9. Switch them off, we wouldn’t care any less since your coverage is biased anyway!

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  10. Who cares, its been years since I watched DeadNBC. You go to opposition rallies just to capture the negatives then go to PF rallies to capture the positives then get surprised that you are beaten. Just switch off its better for the opposition.

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  11. Please switch of PF adds and campaigns as well. Only show FDD and president Nawakwi. The only leader with experience to lead the nation.

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