The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has with immediate effect lifted the ban on the broadcasting licence for Itezhi Tezhi Community Radio Station.

IBA Chairman Justin Mutale, the IBA board and Itezhi Tezhi Community Radio Station management met this morning and resolved to lift the ban on the broadcast licence, through its Special Licensing, Compliance and Consumer Affairs Committee.

Brigadier General Mutale disclosed the development during a press briefing held at IBA offices in Lusaka today.

And Brig-Gen. Mutale urged media houses in the country to consider the interest of the public and first priority as opposed to personal interests.

“The IBA Board has with immediate effect lifted the ban on the broadcasting licence for Itezhi Tezhi Community Radio Station and we wish to thank the radio station for attaching great importance to the matter and taking their time to resolve it through amicable dialogue,” Brig-Gen. Mutale said.

He charged that the authority would endeavour to promote an objective broadcasting industry in Zambia through a fair, transparent and effective regulation.

On August 22, this month, the IBA Board suspended broadcasting licenses for Muvi TV, Komboni Radio and Radio Itezhi Tezhi for unprofessional misconduct.

Meanwhile, IBA Director General Josephine Mapoma implored Journalists in the country to be factual and ethical in their reporting.

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    • Most regulatory Institutions in this country have no teeth to bite. No wonder if an Institution like IBA execute disciplinary action like they sunk their fang in the fresh of the three media institutions, the whole issue is politicised. Politicians do it for the sake of gaining political mileage when they may not even have the heart for the nation. Zambians, the educated and the uneducated have a mental disorder and hardly understands how to conduct ourselves in a responsible and patriotic manner. We like washing dirty linen in public at all levels of society family, community and national level. If only we knew that Press Freedom has limits, lest we would have realised that we playing with fire that can burn the whole country, then we would be behaving appropriately.
      Today you will…

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    • Komboni Radio and Muvi TV please dont start any dialogue or negotiations with these fools.., wait for the court to direct them to give you back the licence and pay you for the lose of business.

      If the maggots were serious why would have first closed the biased and unprofessional ZNBC

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    • Obviously this is because of pressure from outraged citizens and the international community who saw it as an infringement on freedom of the press rights. Why haven’t they given the reason for shutting down the stations in the first place? What does it mean unprofessional misconduct? Go ahead and lift the ban on MUVI TV and the other radio station, too. Evidently, there are no serious violations these news outlets committed. We’re tired of ZNBC propaganda. We need a balanced presentation of what’s happening in the country.

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    • Just like that. This IBA should be sued to the last cent. This arbitrary administrative justice is in similitude only of a haphazard and clueless Board. So the other two remain banned because they had no meeting with IBA or what? In any event, what is it that they discussed which resolved the issue outside or inside the empowering Act of Parliament? We want to know. But pa Zed, yayi mwe aluzibi!

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  1. That will be right!!
    Z.N.B.C, a peddler of cheap stale P.F propaganda, still operating unhindered.
    THIS IS THE PROBLEM WITH THE THIRD WORLD. Nobody challenges stupidity.

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    • How did this Mutale become a Brigadier General and then Chair of IBA? He is clearly incompetent. Was it because of tribe so that he can “eat” with his fellow Bembas? Zambia is truly a failed state. We should all go back into the trees and give up on this charade of running a country.

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  2. But, the culprits are ZNBC, TIMES of Zambia, Zambia Daily Mail, and ZANIS. These National institutions have consituted themselves into PF Limited mouthpiece, at the expense of the Tax payers, the Post, Muvi TV, and Kombini Radio included as victims!

    PF Limited ought and must stop muzzling the private press and the citizenry at large, forthwith!

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  3. Most regulatory Institutions in this country have no teeth to bite. No wonder if an Institution like IBA execute disciplinary action like they sunk their fang in the fresh of the three media institutions, the whole issue is politicised. Politicians do it for the sake of gaining political mileage when they may not even have the heart for the nation. Zambians, the educated and the uneducated have a mental disorder and hardly understands how to conduct ourselves in a responsible and patriotic manner. We like washing dirty linen in public at all levels of society family, community and national level. If only we knew that Press Freedom has limits, lest we would have realised that we playing with fire that can burn the whole country, then we would be behaving appropriately.
    Today you will…

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    • Look at the tribal composition of these organisations then you understand their decisions that do not make sense.DeadNBC should have closed 5yrs ago but is still misinforming us.

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  4. “we wish to thank the radio station for attaching great importance to the matter and taking their time to resolve it through amicable dialogue”-IBA
    Really laughable…amicable dialogue!! Are you mad who is going to pay the rent, staff salaries and expenses during the closure…this is an unexceptable!!

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    • @ Jay Jay, it’s a matter of correctly applying administrative justice and rule of law as to begging IBA cup in hand! That would be tantamount to corruption in another form in my view.

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  5. very shamless people..look at you..why not close ZNBC which is dividing the nation and reporting lies..!God will surely punish you..

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  6. Hope Radio ITT will not compromise their freedom of expression by capitulating to the cowardly actions of the IBA

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  7. This is the zambia PF theives want us to have…..a country with no independent voice or objectivity that only listens to lies from the ruling party.

    A country where corruption scandals are swept under the mat without the masses hearing.

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  8. Even bbc is bias towards the govt. Wise move ithezi thezi radio.
    Sometimes its important to see beyond cheap praise and nuendos and consider doing the needful.
    Going to court to challenge a ban wud just bring about battle for egos at the expense of business.
    IBA is an enterprise, going to court will not hurt their business at all. Do the math. Infact its free media attention for them.
    While you are losing out on sales

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    • Gawa, yours is the failed survivalist mentality of Zambians, where you lick ass to survive. What about standing up against PF bullies and slugging it out instead? Law abiding Zambians have nothing to lose by challenging this corrupt regime.

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  9. Ba Upnd even Tanzania ‘s president has closed 2 media houses today because of misconduct. Some of you supporting reckless reporting are not even zambia and are not bothered about riots that may erupt

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    • Yeah, if ‘Dick Tom and Hurry’ did it, then its ok if ECL did it also. What a warped way of justifying a nullity ab initio.

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    • So some Zambians look towards Tanzanians for leadership? Magufuli risks becoming a bigger clown than Idi Amin. Magufuli has just announced that since elections are over, opposition parties cannot organise their own internal meetings until the the next elections. So democracy, according to Magufuli, is at election time only. Zambians are so gullible and naive. We have nothing to learn from Tanzania. There’s no cure for stoopidity.

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  10. Ba jay Jay maybe you’re in America where a tabloid cannot influence people. In Zambia a lie by a newspaper can cause problems among our gullible masses. Even the America you so much believe imprisoned media bosses that were merely suspected of harboring Communist ideas

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  11. Now Namibia is about to introduce a bill to regulate media houses. Problem is that we misunderstanding the meaning of freedom of speech
    Every freedom is relative

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    • Who cares what Namibians do to victimise each other and how Swapo hangs onto power? Why should Zambia emulate another mediocre African sham state?

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  12. PF IS HALLUCINATED AND GOD SHALL PUNISH THEM ALL FOR ALL WRONGS THEY HAVE CREATED TO THE NATION. MAY GOD BRING CALAMITY ON THESE OPPRESSORS.

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  13. NORWAY has closed its EMBASSY in Lusaka becoz of these PFOOLS.

    Even at MMD’S worst times of misrule they stuck with Zambia when other countries were closing their embassies.

    WHAT A SHAME!!!!

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  14. stupidity is stupidity ,it does not mather who is found wanting ,you are lucky ITT you got your stupid licence,carefull, next time,and as for you condom or sorry komboni radio ,hahahahaha wait a bit together with your husband,kkkkkkkkkk.ni boma my friend.

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