United Party for National Development has accused ZNBC of refusing to approve its advertisements because they are perceived to be a direct attack on President Edgar Lungu.
UPND secretary general Stephen Katuka said he had compiled all the advertisements which have been rejected by the national broadcaster on unreasonable and baseless grounds in his application for judicial review in the Lusaka High Court, Mr Katuka said
” That I believe and I am verily advised by counsel that the decision by the Director-General of the respondent to repeatedly reject our political campaign advertisements is tainted with irregularity; is unreasonable, is arbitrary disproportionate, illegal and as such undemocratic as the respondent is, in effect, rejecting all and any advertisements that make reference to or critique the Patriotic Front (PF) party.
That I believe that this is a proper case for his Honourable Court to grant me the reliefs I seek as endorsed on the notice of application for leave to apply for judicial review filed herewith,” he says.
He explains that the action by ZNBC came despite the opposition party paying K350,500.00 for airtime to broadcast a number of adverts on both radio and television respectively for the 2016 general elections campaigns.
Wednesday June 15, 2016
SOURCE: DAILY NATION