Thursday, June 13, 2024

US, EU call for reopening of Prime TV

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The US government and the European Union delegation have called on the Zambian government to immediately reopen Prime TV.

The US government called on the Independent Broadcasting Authority to reverse the revocation of Prime TV’s licence.

The US government and the European Union delegation have called on the Zambian government to immediately reopen Prime TV.

The US government called on the Independent Broadcasting Authority to reverse the revocation of Prime TV’s licence.

US Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human rights and Labour, Robert Destro says a free and the impartial press asks questions and seeks answers on behalf of society.

“We are troubled by the Independent Broadcasting Authority’s decision to revoke Prime TV’s license. A Free Press is vital to democracy, especially during a pandemic, to share reliable, accurate and timely info. As we commemorate WPFD2020, we urge Zambia to reverse this decision,” tweeted Destro on World Press Freedom Day.

“WPFD2020 encourages action to promote independent journalism. Why? A free and impartial press asks questions and seeks answers on behalf of society. The media inform the public and help share ideas, which improves social, political, and economic stability.”

And the EU Delegation in Zambia has encouraged all relevant stakeholders to work closely together to find a timely and amicable solution so that Prime TV may resume its broadcasting as soon as possible.

EU Ambassador to Zambia Jacek Jankowski said the EU Delegation in agreement with the EU Heads of Missions in Zambia underlines its support for independent journalism in Zambia.

Ambassador Jankowski encouraged all relevant stakeholders to work closely together to find a timely and amicable solution so that Prime TV may resume its broadcasting as soon as possible.

58 COMMENTS

  1. You are taking to baboons in a maize field..,, very soon we will setting the maize field on fire

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  2. “We are troubled by the Independent Broadcasting Authority’s decision to revoke Prime TV’s license. A Free Press is vital to democracy, especially during a pandemic, to share reliable, accurate and timely info. …..”
    OBVIOUSLY THESE DELAGATION LEADERS HAVE NOT SEEN A CLIP OF THE PRIME TV OWNER DISGUSTINGLY INCITING OTHER STATIONS NOT TO PUBLICISE ANYTHING ON THE PANDEMIC UNLESS THEY WERE PAID BY GOVERNMENT. ALL WELL- MEANING ZAMBIANS WER SHOCKED BY THE CHILDISH BEHAVIOUR OF THE PRIME TV OWNER.
    I CANNOT IMAGINE CNN, SKY NEWS OR EVEN TRUMP’S FAVOURITE FOX NEWS, DEMANDING THAT THEY GET PAID FOR DOING A PUBLIC SERVICE.
    PRIME TV IS ALSO A SOCIAL DISRUPTER WHOSE PRIME PURPOSE IS TO BE A PUBLIC NUISANCE OPPOSING ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING PROPOSED BY GOVERNMENT.
    GOOD RIDDANCE TO PRIME TV

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  3. “We are troubled by the Independent Broadcasting Authority’s decision to revoke Prime TV’s license. A Free Press is vital to democracy, especially during a pandemic, to share reliable, accurate and timely info. …..””
    OBVIOUSLY THESE DELAGATION LEADERS HAVE NOT SEEN A CLIP OF THE PRIME TV OWNER DISGUSTINGLY INCITING OTHER STATIONS NOT TO PUBLICISE ANYTHING ON THE PANDEMIC UNLESS THEY WERE PAID BY GOVERNMENT. ALL WELL- MEANING ZAMBIANS WER SHOCKED BY THE CHILDISH BEHAVIOUR OF THE PRIME TV OWNER.
    I CANNOT IMAGINE CNN, SKY NEWS OR EVEN TRUMP’S FAVOURITE FOX NEWS, DEMANDING THAT THEY GET PAID FOR DOING A PUBLIC SERVICE.
    PRIME TV IS ALSO A SOCIAL DISRUPTER WHOSE PRIME PURPOSE IS TO BE A PUBLIC NUISANCE OPPOSING ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING PROPOSED BY GOVERNMENT.
    GOOD RIDDANCE TO PRIME TV

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  4. Prime TV is going to open whether you like it or not. There is too much pressure on government.

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  5. @Zambia first, clearly you are not a real Zambian. What is there to praise? It is the duty of governments to deliver to the people. Zambia is a democracy and having a public broadcaster that blacks out the opposition at the behest of the government is draconian and deserves condemnation from normal people. Prime TV was the only private TV that was giving the opposition the forum to reach out to the citizens. Divergent news is what citizens want not the brain washing from public media.

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  6. Are they trying to twist our government’s arm? What will they do if GRZ refuses to reopen? This thing of coming to dictate and lecture to us about how to run our affairs must come to an end.

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  7. Now for wait for it? They will start crying that they are a sovereign nation and about imperialism….yet last week they were busy receiving donors to build them toilets and labs.

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  8. Was there Social Distancing in that mingling, assuming it was taken during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic?

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  9. I wonder if Edgar Lungu knows wht this means in diplomatic terms. Simple really. It means they hv sent damning reports back home about the PF government.

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  10. Ha, Chagwa awa, no kunya! Just look at his stupid face and that praying mantis posture of his. This chap is really a house nigger, how come such a an SOB become president of any country on earth or hell? Let’s see how he is going to dodge this one, let him try to deport tham all and he will see the comprehensive and mandatory sanctions they will apply on his backside where it never shines and stinks! This *****ic fool’s dictatorial tendecies are just vile, enough is enough. And just look at his face, is this not a vimbuza nyau doing Fwemba sure!

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  11. If you want the IMF package you have been desperately trying to get, please understand that you need to show you uphold democratic values among which is respect for the Rule of Law and respect for the Independent Media!

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  12. The West knows, so does lungu , that Zambia under pf can not survive without aid………

    And they have you by the balls while you hold that begging bowl ,weather you like it or not.

    PF and lungu are pushing for a tamed prime tv , but looks like prime tv are holding firm…

    Good job Dr Membe. Your input is invaluable as an international media specialist.

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  13. They are bunch of hypocrites with vested interests. what have they done about a
    al Jazeera journalist languishing in Egyptian prison for more than 1230 days without trial?

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  14. Spy mashra 

    Of course they are hypocrites.
    Only strategic geo political partners of the USA can get away with murder.

    Any of the babaric nations strategic in location for keeping isreal safe and to a lesser extent fighting Islamic terror is a strategic geo political partner and is above criticism.

    Unfortunetly for lungu and pf , Zambia does not fall in this category.

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  15. The govt should refuse based on having taken action appropriately in their country. This sets a bad precedent of ordering a govt against it’s set laws and regulations. If PrimeTV was biased against the govt and did not uphold broadcasting rules why would they be reopened? Can you imagine what rubbish they will be broadcasting.

    It won’t end there. Next they’ll interfer with elections and order the govt elected that they prefer the other party.

    Anyway this has got to be FAKE NEWS.

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  16. So hh has gone crying to his masters like a dressed chicken. They know very well that Zambia is a sovereign state with independent competent bodies that have delegated powers to make decisions. An opposition leader who puts all his hope and his country’s in the hands of powers is a danger to this country. Be a man hh. Kz

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  17. We all know the agenda for US and EU after hh promised them to introduce homosexuality in Zambia they want to help him in the name of human rights. God is watching.

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  18. Tarino its because that is the truth. Just because you help me with money does not mean I need to change what I stand for. Even the gay thing we were clear that they can keep their aid. Why should we lose ourselves over money or silver and gold ? After all we have gold in our borders. By the way tarino are you and your diaspora friends now tired of cloning me ? Haha I miss my clone. Come back my little pet.

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  19. There was no reason of closing prime TV. Only that Edgar Lungu and Dora Siliya think they own Zambia. We shall leave this beautiful country but we should never step on each other’s toes. Power and greedy can’t build society and we must not live lives of competitors but rather let’s compliment each other. PF must go!

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  20. Clustered plans, HH has a system of hidden gems and pretending that he is innocent. He went to complain to US and EU offices over prime tv. Now it’s too late.If there’s tribal slaves to the imperialists are these . In 1957 Zanc leader did tuchawa to the Scott’s hoping favor of ruling Zambia,, he failed kk got it.Since 1976 to 1987 the imperialists ( brenthurst family) used (his father) to fight kk regime unfortunately they failed to bring their own presidency because of barotse alliance and kafupi got presidency at silver plater.Since 2015 today, they imperialists are trying hard to remove PF through using old alliances with the forward fuz .I hate these black slaves who indirectly sell their Nation to the imperialists on the expense of umpuli of majority.

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  21. What have the MASONICS done about the Al Jazeera journalist languishing in the Egyptian prison for more than 1230 days without trial?

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  22. Rogue Zanu PF listed for terrorism and money laundering
    The EU has listed the Zanu PF government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa on a group of countries involved with aiding terrorism and money laundering.
    According to Reuters, Countries on the list “pose significant threats to the financial system of the Union.”
    The European Commission is set to include Panama, the Bahamas, Mauritius and nine other countries to its list of states that pose a financial risks to the bloc because of anti-money laundering and terrorism financing shortfalls, a draft document shows.
    The document, seen by Reuters and expected to be published on Thursday, also includes Barbados, Botswana, Cambodia, Ghana, Jamaica, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nicaragua and Zimbabwe to the EU listing.
    Countries on the list “pose significant…

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    Countries on the list “pose significant threats to the financial system of the Union,” the draft document, which is still subject to changes, says. -Reuters.

  24. I bet they told him they were bringing cash donations for covid-19 and the corrupt thief Lazy Lungu cleared his diary.

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  25. imperialist in our corridors again. Mr. President, ask these imperialist who mean nothing good for African countries to go hung. Prime TV is a vicious dog sniffing for African blood. Mr. President if they ask you to open Prime TV ask them to find the vaccine for HIV/AID these imperialist manufactured in their laboratories in exchange with opening PRIME TV. We don’t need imperialist anymore, thy need us more than we need them. We can trade within SADC member states ourselves and let them hung

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  26. Time has come for Dora and IBA to look fools prime tv is opening u like it or not. Weldone Dora for assisting to decampain pf the way did to mmd. Prepare to scamper 2021 is peeping. New government should bring new faces to IBA. Mind you dont accept Dora she should rot in jail with all those in pf including Kaiza for burning houses kwa mukwole. You close prime tv for no reason you have failed crucify sparks the masterminder gassing and the 49 houses with ghost owner. You killed a lab tech in pte bus but you use a hellicopter to ferry his remains, opposite. MHSRIP. Muli chabe.

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  27. Breaking news, it seems you are a refugee in England. Come back home. Stop thinking that when you eat and laugh with imperialist you are equal to them. Mugabe once said never trust imperialist, because their aim is to enslave you economically till Jesus comes. Europeans have done more harm than good to Africans. I wonder why we even accept them back in our continent. They created HIV, EBORA, and now COVID 19. They took you as slaves and made you believe you are less intelligent than them. Breaking news, stop sounding like puppy of imperialist eating leftovers.

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  28. First they give you money and then they pounce. When are Africans going to learn that these people are no good? They only think about themselves. Imagine, first they wondered why covid-19 wasn’t killing as many black people so they decided to start killing them from the hospitals so that they could deflect the stigma on black people and change the narrative. You even get the Chinese washing their dirt on us saying we are infested with covid-19. It’s time we stood up for our selves and start fighting these monsters.

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  29. First they give you money and then they pounce. When are Africans going to learn that these people are no good? They only think about themselves. Imagine, first they wondered why covid-19 wasn’t killing as many black people so they decided to start killing them from the hospitals so that they could deflect the stigma on black people and change the narrative. You even get the Chinese washing their dirt on us saying we are infested with covid-19. It’s time we stood up for our selves and start fighting these monsters.

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  30. ECL and PF will really dance when the Joe Biden administration takes over in November.
    Their only hope will be China, Russia or North Korea

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  31. @Mr. P: These black slaves who indirectly sell their Nation to the imperialists used to roll on the ground when they see bazungu in the 1800s. That’s why hh went to Washington to get $25bn pledge: if he became president, he would literally sell and hand over the nation to his white masters.

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  32. These *****s can get prime to broadcast in US. That arrogance shown by shawa is destroying our culture and we don’t want it inculcated in our children

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  33. KZ,ZAMBIA FIRST U ARE A MENACE TO THE SOCIETY OF ZAMBIA. THE PROBLEM IS THEY WANT EVERYONE TO BE WATCH ZNBC CZ THE VIEWERSHIP FOR PRIME WAS HIGH. ZNBC EVERYTIME IS ECL CAMPAIGNING. SOME OF THE NEWS DOESN’T MAKE SENSE ON ZNBC. Y IMPOSE SOME PRODUCT WHICH CANNOT BE SOLD TO PEOPLE? FIND WAYS AND MEANS OF DOING IT. LEAVE THE MEDIA FREE. CRITICISMS BUILD PEOPLE BUT RIFF RAFFS LIKE KZ WHO THINK THAT THEY ARE IMPORTANT. WE,WILL SEE U NEXT AFTER ELECTION.

  34. I thought Rupiah Banda was a cruel man but eishhhh…….this one is something else. We are in trouble as a Nation. God please come to our rescue and come fast!

  35. They should pay Zambia US$100 billion as part payment towards slavery reparations, as we negotiate the final bill and go hang…..

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  36. I really didn’t really see any mention of the name HH on the item above….but i am wondering why some bloggers have already connected HH to this EU, USA information.

    May be this man is a thorn in the flesh to many unfaithful and truth hating bloggers.

    Well, my thought.

  37. BAMUFWEMBA BAZUNGU EDIGAR AONEKA KULOKWA!

    WITHOUT WASTING TIME, EUROPEAN UNION AND US SHOULD USE WORLD BANK AND IMF. GRZ WILL BOW!

  38. @ The Engineer Kikikikikikikiki, hahahahahah – they are in the maize field while dog KZ is barking. Incredible Paya Farmer think Zambia is an island.
    As for KZ insulting well meaning citizens will not insulate you as public enemy of Zambia. You or impostor, Zambians will not forget that you have harassed, beaten, maimed, humiliated, kidnapped, fired guns and shot Zambians and dehumanise Zambians. Zambians deserve justice and time is coming to get it. Cleansing yourself on this site will not wash up, records, living witnesses exist and testimonies will be in your face.

  39. @Tarino Orange -7, When they received $10 million with excitement, reminded them how developed democracies are always one step ahead current Zambian regime. Little did Lungu administration realise that today US and EU would be demanding that they open Prime Tv. PF regime is without any spine to rebut, worse have already spent the $10 million. So, agony continua

  40. The, Kaizas, The Mr. P, The Nine Chale , The Zambian Citizen, you can bark however you want. The picture shows it all, ECL is surrounded, why didnt he refuse their visit, if USA or EU are imperialist? So you are much more intelligent than your Boss, its you who making him look clueless ?
    Sooner or later ECL will open PRIME TV

  41. I wonder who is in charge of PF government who makes final decisions in PF see this Rajnish Gupta, 47, a businessman of indian origin he had managed to convince Zambian authorities to let him fly in on the special flight, which landed in Delhi via Muscat to ferry back Zambian nationals from Mumbai,it had on board two passengers who were not supposed to be there an Indian businessman and his cook officials at the airport were surprised when the flight, which was supposed to be empty except for the crew, landed with Rajnish Gupta and Suresh Kumar Baheliya.
    Gupta told the officials at the airport that he managed to persuade Zambian government authorities that he had to be back in India.It wasn’t immediately clear how Gupta managed to convince Zambian authorities to let him travel to India…

  42. It wasn’t immediately clear how Gupta managed to convince Zambian authorities to let him travel to India.The Zambian High Commission did not respond to calls seeking comment.
    When the plane landed on Wednesday, Indian authorities were shocked to find the two Indians on board because the Directorate general of Civil aviation permit had no mention of any incoming Indian passenger.
    Someone can’t just get on a plane like this illegally and come here,said a DGCA official he will not be allowed to get off the flight.
    After consultations with the Ministry of External Affairs,the immigration officials issued a show cause notice to the two passengers to be put on the same flight back to Zambia this is really embarrassing to the government of Zambia corruption every were.

  43. Compare watching Prime Tv and Znbc we saw that prime Tv had intresting Content to watch and listen to.No wounder they had to shut Prime Tv so tha the Zambian people can be watching Znbc which promotes there political agenda.

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