Government threatens to revoke Radio Phoenix licence

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Government has threatened to revoke the broadcasting licence for Radio Phoenix, a local radio station in Lusaka if it continues to be anti-government.

Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili accused the opposition UPND of allegedly having a hand in the running of Radio Phoenix.

Mr. Kambwili also categorically denied that government had a hand in the sacking of Radio Phoenix broadcaster, Christine Ngwisha.

Ms. Ngwisha had featured Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili on a Radio Phoenix programme and the radio station management later fired her.

Mr. Kambwili, who is also Information and Broadcasting Services
Minister, was speaking at a press briefing held in Lusaka today.

He observed that Radio Phoenix in the past operated above board but regretted the current unfolding events at the station of being partisan.

Mr Kambwili disclosed that the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Director-General Josephine Mapoma in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies have since been instructed to investigate circumstances that led to the sacking of Ms. Ngwisha by the radio station.

“Radio Phoenix is pro-opposition and anti–government and as government
we shall not allow that. IBA and Police has been instructed to
investigate and once found wanting, the State shall revoke the licence
for Radio Phoenix,” Mr. Kambwili said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kambwili has urged Post Newspaper Reporters against being used by their employer, Fred M’membe stating that jobs are very difficult to find.

He cited that some of the Post Journalists who were terminated from employment had come to him seeking employment.

Mr Kambwili commended other media houses for being objective in their reporting and urged them to desist from distorting facts.

“Be fair and objective in your reporting and don’t be used by Fred. He will fire you and you’ll come here in my office crying for employment,” he said.

By press time, efforts to get a comment from Mr M’membe and Post Newspaper management proved futile.

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