THE Media Institute of Southern Africa(MISA) has commended the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) for lifting the suspension of the license for Itezhi Tezhi Radio following several appeals from various stakeholders including MISA.
MISA Zambia Chairperson Hellen Mwale said in a statement today that the decision to lift the suspension was timely because the punishment meted out to the three broadcast stations was unfair as they were neither charged nor given an opportunity to appear before the authority prior to the decision.
Ms Mwale said the authority must live up to its mandate of promoting a pluralistic broadcasting industry in Zambia through fair, transparent and effective regulation as provided for in the IBA amendment act of 2010.
She said MISA was also demanding that the power of the IBA to regulate public broadcasters such as ZNBC should be restored.
“This will truly level the playing field and allow for uniform and not selective enforcement of standards as has been demonstrated in the events of the past few days,”she said.
She reiterated the call for all media institutions and practitioners to stand united and remain professional in their conduct as this was the only way for the media fraternity to forge ahead.
Ms Mwale said MISA was closely monitoring the legal suit brought by Muvi Television and Komboni Radio.