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IBA Board embarks on a countrywide familiarization and sensitization visit of broadcasting stations

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The newly appointed Independent Broadcasting Authority Board has embarked on a countrywide familiarization and sensitization visit of broadcasting stations.

The Board has so far visited Southern, Copperbelt, North-western and Luapula Provinces and others yet to be visited are Eastern, Western, Northern and Lusaka Provinces.

During the visits, the IBA Board has called for ethical and professional conduct of broadcasting stations.

The Board has also called on Stations to broadcast content that meets the highest ethical and professional journalism standards in accordance with Section 33 of the IBA Act No. 17 of 2002.

The IBA Board has also urged Stations to adhere to licensing conditions, including payment of Annual Operating Fees in accordance with Section 1 ) of the IBA Act (Amendment) No. 26 of 2010 which prohibits the provision of broadcasting services without a broadcasting licence.

The IBA Board has also called on Stations to engage relevant protective wings to provide added security as and when needed at the Stations.
The IBA Board comprises of the Chairperson Mabel Mung’omba, Vice Chairperson Chalimba Phiri, Amos Malupenga, Sr. Beatrice Mwansa, Claire Limbwambwa, Margaret Siwale, Enita Hamatumbika and Clement Ng’andu.

The IBA Board has thanked broadcasting stations for their role in disseminating messages on COVID 19 and has further encouraged the Stations

To promote a pluralistic broadcasting industry in Zambia through fair, transparent and effective regulation to continue playing the COVID 19 messages, as these continue to play a major role in mitigating the spread of the pandemic.

And the Independent Broadcasting Authority has reiterated its position that harassment and threats of violence on any broadcasting station are unfortunate.

IBA Director General Josephine Mapoma said the Authority’s position has always been that persons should follow laid down procedures of registering their grievances about any broadcast material with which they are aggrieved.

Mrs Mapoma said complaints or any misgivings about media coverage must be made to the concerned station within three months of the broadcast.

She said should the station fail to make good or correct the complaint raised within fourteen days, then the complaint can be addressed to the IBA.

“In an unfortunate circumstance that harassment or threats of violence occur, against a person and or a broadcasting station, the incident must be reported to the Police because radio and television stations are strategic installations and the police are duly mandated to maintain law and order”, she added.

15 COMMENTS

  1. This is needed so that anyone found wanting, does not use the silly excuse of ” I did not know”.

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  2. There goes another quest for allowances and PDs!
    This is how the worker in Zambia legally “EAT MWIBALA!”
    When they go to real companies, they steal because they don’t find such loopholes!

  3. New board good, Now open prime tv people are suffering without salary at that institution feel pity my IBA. Let us work professionally and don’t side with political parties don’t get instructions from ruling party to close media houses like what dora did to prime tv.

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  4. They think we are dopes. Like everyone who has eyes and brains has seen you people are going for allowances

  5. IBA can hardly address security issues from some party cadres who trespass and cause damage to private radio stations in the name of their party. Worse still police can not even arrest these party thugs. In the absence of security and general public who pay to air their views with fear and without security, IBA exercise is not only futile but hypocrisy to the public gallery.

  6. ALL THESE ARE SCHEMES FOR PF TO AIM AT REMOVING OPPOSITION PARTIES SPEAK OUT. ITS TOO LATE FOR PF. MANY ZAMBIANS HAVE STOPPED WATCHING PF NEWS BROADCAST AND WE ARE BUSSY ALL OF US ON SOCIAL MEDIA ON SMART PHONES.

  7. Can the IBA pronounce itself on an individual stopping citizens from appearing on a radio or tv station?
    This is against the law. The IBA DG must be the first to condemn such utterances.
    But both the gvt and IBA are defeaningly quite because it’s a PF cadre committing the offense.

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