Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Director General Josephine Mapoma (left), Southern Province Permanent Secretary Sibanze Simuchoba (middle) and IBA Board Member Hilda Akekelwa (right) during a media workshop for Southern Province journalists in Livingstone
Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Director General
Josephine Mapoma (left), Southern Province Permanent Secretary Sibanze
Simuchoba (middle) and IBA Board Member Hilda Akekelwa (right) during
a media workshop for Southern Province journalists in Livingstone

The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has threatened to suspend radio and television broadcasting stations that are unethical and unprofessional in their operations.

The broadcasting regulators warned that broadcasting stations that are operating off the set guidelines risk having their licenses suspended.

IBA Director Josephine Mapoma said the authority observed during the monitoring and sensitization visits since the commencement of political campaigns that many broadcasting stations are not complying with the provisions of the IBA act.

The IBA noted was disappointment that some radio and television stations poorly handled programs giving rise to serious levels of inaccuracies, skewed coverage as well as publication of unverified news items that incited disunity in the country.

She added that such careless reporting demonstrates a lack of impartiality and professionalism and has the potential to bring about division and discord in the nation.

Ms. Mapoma has since appealed to all radio and television stations in the country to conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner as the authority will not hesitate to revoke broadcast licenses.

Ms. Mapoma said this in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today.

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  1. “…The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has threatened to suspend radio and television broadcasting stations that are unethical and unprofessional in their operations…”
    Please start with ZNBC

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    • This was in Livingston.
      Tomorrow we will be commenting on Kambwili calling IBA as UPND members.

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    • Simply look at those people in that photo ..they are simply happy turning up at work shops and getting allowances.

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    • This statement is obviously directed at the private media. Dead NBC has blatantly violated the Act with neither any verbal or written warning.

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    • “The IBA noted was disappointment that some radio and television stations poorly handled programs giving rise to serious levels of inaccuracies, skewed coverage as well as publication of unverified news items that incited disunity in the country.” This does not make any sense at all, and seems to be an effort at media censorship, which mainly happens in totalitarian governments. Private news media outlets are not obligated to be impartial. They can take sides depending on their ideology. In America everybody knows that FOX news is conservative and hence leans towards the Republican Party. CNN is midway, and MSNBC is liberal and leans towards the Democratic Party. But no one threatens to suspend their licenses. In Zambia ZNBC is almost exclusively a government mouthpiece and now MUVI TV…

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    • (Continued)… is at least providing a counterbalance to that. As for inaccuracies, that should be left to the viewers to point out, and if anyone feels misrepresented, mistreated or libeled, the courts are there for that. IBM should not be there to tell the Zambian media as to what they can and cannot report. Again that’s pure censorship which infringes on the freedom of the press, stifles transparency, and hinders the growth of democracy. What IBM should be concerned about is nudity and profanity regulation on TV and radio. Other than that, the media should be free to structure their programs whichever way they want, and should be free to report and criticize all government institutions, including IBM itself. That’s what freedom of the press means. So stop this media harassment,…

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    • Guys open your eyes. Never trust PF schemes.

      If PF can change election results to suit their evil agenda, what can prevent them from amending the constitution clauses in the dead of the night to suit their interpretation so that their rigging can be endorsed.

      For sure in the coming days the argument will shift from petition to correct copy of the constitution where PF will argue that the government has a correct copy unlike the UPND.

      By now the constitution court and all acomplices have recieved the copy of the constitution amended in the middle of the night without all stake holders present.

      Only a f00l will trust and believe PF statements.

      UPND CAN NOT FIGHT THIS CONSTITUTIONAL BATTLE ALONE. PEOPLE NEED TO RISE UP AND CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO TO DESTROY THE IMPUNITY WITH…

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    • Lungu and his stooges should be stopped now before they totally destroy Zambia through their dictatorship tendencies.

      Why have they not closed ZNBC for being biased and unprofessional in the way they covered the just ended elections.

      This Justine Mutale should be removed from IBA.She is the one going to cause civil strife in Zambia by muzzling private professional media. Most Zambians do not watch ZNBC but rely on MUVI TV to give balanced coverage.

      These radio stations should seek the constitutional court ‘s intervention against IBA for breaching freedom of expression.

      Zambians need to arise and challenge this Lungu dictator once and for all.

      Zambia arise , now is the time remove these bunch of dictators from power.

      VIVA UPND and the HH team.

      By Wanzelu

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  2. IBA (*****s busy argueing)- ALL THESE ARE LIES THAT IBA IS TOOTHLESS THEY COULDNT DEFEND THE POST THE BEST PAPER IN THE WORLD. let alone the matter in concourt!! nayo nayo mukalai dunana mweka

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  3. ZNBC is unethical and lacks morality. You better close ZNBC maybe some people may stop feeding on propaganda.

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  4. Mapoma, the starting point is ZNBC. It is the most unethical and biased terrestrial TV in the Whole World. Workers here including the directors and news casters behave like prostitutes with no morals or standards. One wonders if they have any values left in them. Their reporting is one sided supporting everything the government throws on them including feces.

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  5. Independent my foot…where have you been all this time? If there any station that needs suspending is ZNBC …these **** have suddenly wake up and relied that there is no one at the end of leash as BUFFOON Kabwili is no longer issuing daily instructions. Its like a broiler chicken released outside its cage it hasnt got a clue what to do.

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    • * Independent my foot…where have you been all this time? If there any station that needs suspending – it is ZNBC …these ***** have suddenly woken up and realized that there is no one at the end of leash as BUFFOON Kabwili is no longer issuing daily instructions. Its like a broiler chicken released outside its cage it hasnt got a clue what to do.

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  6. Shut ZNBC. Then allow a three year purge and deodorisation process . Upgrade the broadcasting infrastructure, and let it be run by a team appointed by a truly independent broadcasting authority. This country, with all this politicisation and mediocritization of the already archaic institution has undoubtedly made Zambia one of the worst oppressive regimes globally.
    What independent broadcasting authority. If you had any integrity, you would have long resigned from an organisation ran by Kambwili and his family.. Absolutely pathetic !!!

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  7. ZNBC SHOULD BE THE FIRST ONE. PLEASE DO NOT END AT ISSUING THREATS, ACT NOW, WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS STATION WHICH HAS TURNED INTO A POLITICAL WING. SHAME ON U ZNBC

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  8. Ignorance pays. Please consult before posting your ignorance. ZNBC is NOT a member of the IBA. In fact, ZNBC is more mature and does not incite violence like such TV stations as MUVI which reports without contacting all parties concerned. If it can be on any interest to you, MUVI TV has lowered the bar irretrievably.

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    • So why did Lazy Lungu refer matters to IBA when quizzed by EU observers about biased reporting by ZNBC!!

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  9. But you have been told that ZNBC is not a member of IBA, it is a government institution so who will ban it. The private media do apply for licenses to enable them operate in Zambia not znbc, so their mother body is IBA where all the private medias are members and for them to renew licenses they should go through IBA and should be full paid up members.

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  10. ZNBC UNDER MWANZA HAS GREATLY CONTRIBUTED TO DIVISIONS AND HATRED IN THIS COUNTRY. THEY WOULD RATHER COVER TASILA LUNGU THAN NAWAKWI. THOSE OF U WHO ARE IN SUPPORT OF ZNBC TODAY ARE SIMPLY DOING SO COZ ITS SERVING UR INTERESTS. YOU CAN NOT COMPARE ZNBC TO MUVI TV AT ANY LEVEL. MUVI TV IS BY FAR A BETTER STATION, THAT’S THE MORE REASON ZNBC IS ABLE TO STEAL REPORTERS FROM THERE. BESIDES, MUVI TV CAN RUN THEIR PROGRAMS THE WAY THEY WISH, ITS THEIR MONEY. WE HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH ZNBC RUNNING THEY WAY U WANT PROVIDED IT STOPS USING OUR MONEY. THOSE OF U USING IT SHOULD BE PATRIOTIC ENOUGH AND FUND THAT INSTITUTION. IT TOOK ONLY 3 DAY OF FOREIGN OBSERVERS TO NOTICE HOW USELESS THE INSTITUTION HAS BECOME. YET WE HAVE PEOPLE STILL SUPPORTING THIS STATION, IS IT OUT OF PRINCIPLE OR ITS THE OF…

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  11. Please shut ‘em down! We know ‘em! The Namwala foolishness cannot be accepted in Zambia! Even their so-called leaders can’t condemn their thugs! What a shame! Please lock up all law breakers!

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  12. On 31st August 2016 we shall as ZICTA reveal the true identity of everyone who has been since the election and pre-election this is as a result of a software that captures data of anyone who posts a message in response to article up pop your names, phone number and all captured data at any service provider as this is an open for a you post to there is not need for violation of privacy to apply yes it includes all media sites happy 31st to you all

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  13. JOSEPHINE MAPOMA YOU WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE PERSON WHO DESTROYED THE MEDIA FREEDOM THAT THE MMD BROUGHT.

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  14. @15 How happy the world of Zambia would be if that was possible. Imagine controlling all the xenophobic cadres.

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  15. I take comfort in the fact that things could have been worse under an HH and GBM leadership alliance, the twins of violence.

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