By Staff Journalist
Stakeholders have reacted to the suspension of broadcasting licenses for named media houses by the independent broadcasting authority (IBA)
The Independent Broadcasting Authority has suspended broadcasting licenses of two media stations Prime TV and Valley Fm of Nyimba for exhibiting unprofessional elements in broadcasting.
Prime TV has been suspended for 30 days while Valley Fm for 60 days respectively.
IBA Director General Josephine Mapoma says the unprofessionalism was manifested by their failure to moderate and ensure balanced discussion programs.
But Zambia Institute Of Independent Media Alliance (ZIIMA) President Jajah Coulibaly has observed that the move by I-B-A is compromising media freedom.
Meanwhile NGOCC says the suspension appears to be intended to intimidate and muzzle the media to instil fear in terms of independent and unbiased reporting.
NGOCC Executive Director Engwase Mwale in a statement to 5fm news has demanded that the IBA immediately lifts the ban and allow prime television to operate freely.