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Government committed to enacting IBA/ZNBC Acts

4 Apr, 2023
ZNBC is not directly accountable to the IBA, making it difficult for the public to raise complaints against it

Ministry of Information and Media on April 4th 2023 during the Independent Broadcasting Authority-IBA / Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation – ZNBC Acts stakeholders meeting announced that it had developed a road map on repealing and replacement of the ZNBC/IBA Acts.

Director Planning and Information at the Ministry of Information and Media, Derrick Saboi during his presentation of the two Acts, called on the need for financial support from Civil Society Organizations in order to actualize the implementation exercise.

“Government is committed to ensuring that the two Acts are harmonized hence stakeholder collaboration and enough resource mobilization will help quicken this process”. He said.

He mentioned that the Ministry of Information and Media will soon communicate to MISA Zambia on the timeline for when the stakeholders can meet to discuss the roadmap.

At the same event, MISA National Director Austin Kayanda was of the view that the fact that ZNBC is not directly accountable to the IBA, makes it difficult for the public to raise complaints against it and has led to an outcry among stakeholders of biases at ZNBC, especially in popular programming such as the main news on both radio and TV.

“It is against this background that MISA Zambia is holding a stakeholders’ meeting to discuss the current status of the two Acts and how far the IBA and the Ministry of Information and Media has gone in appealing and repealing of the said Acts.” Mr Kayanda said.

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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.

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