Alerts – Freedom of Expression Tracker

The previous week, Radio Phoenix presenter Christine Ngwisha was fired in unclear circumstances after she hosted the Information Minister on a popular talk show-Let the People talk. The dismissal fuelled speculations in several media circles.

 

Previously, under late President Michael Sata’s rule, Radio phoenix has its nationwide license withdrawn a few days after it was granted through then Information Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba, with the President stating that granting the station a nationwide license was a threat to national security and that the station would allow a named opposition political party leader to continue ‘attacking’ government.  The Permanent Secretary was transferred to a different portfolio and later relieved of his duties.

 

Radio Phoenix, is Zambia’s oldest, private broadcasting station established in 1996 after the apparent liberalisation of the sector by the Chiluba government.

 

MISA Zambia is monitoring the situation and is engaging the affected parties and has since issued an alert.

MISA Stance:

MISA Zambia visited the station and also issued a statement warning the minister against interfering in the operations of the station.