Such acts are an assaults to freedom of the press and the right to information for the Zambian citizens
Lusaka – MISA Zambia strongly condemns the theft of equipment at MUVI TV describing it as an assault on press freedom.
Unknown people stormed MUVI TV station in the dead hours of 16 December 2022 and stole five 22 inch Television sets, four from the reception and one belonging to the marketing department and also stole four editing computers from the newsroom, one Microsoft and three iMac computers.
MUVI TV told MISA Zambia this yesterday morning 17 December 2022 that the theft was discovered around 04:00hrs when MUVI TV staff reported for work in preparation for the breakfast show that starts at 06:00hrs.
MISA Zambia is very saddened by this event because the operations of the station whose obligation is to inform the nation was crippled.
MISA Zambia will continue to strongly condemn such unacceptable acts from unknown people who break into media houses during the dead of the night and take away sensitive electronic equipment to cause a disruption of broadcasting and leaving the station with a huge drawback.
Such acts are an assaults to freedom of the press and the right to information for the Zambian citizens.
We are therefore urging the Zambia Police Service to act very quickly and bring the culprits to book because this case follows a similar one that occurred at KBN TV in Lusaka province also.
MISA Zambia is calling on well-wishers to come to the aid of MUVI TV as it is key to Zambia’s democracy and development. It is also a key historic TV Station that birthed so much media and artistic talent and hence its existence is vital for Zambia’s culture growth and evolution. We shall also take steps to assist where we can.
Rev. Fr. Dr. Barnabas Simatende,
MISA Zambia Chairperson
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) was founded in 1992. Its work focuses on promoting, and advocating for, the unhindered enjoyment of freedom of expression, access to information and a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media.