The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has with immediate effect suspended broadcasting licenses for Muvi TV, Komboni Radio and Radio Itezhi Tezhi.
IBA Board Chairperson Retired Brigadier General Justin Mutale
has told a media briefing in Lusaka today yesterday that the IBA board which sat this morning resolved to suspend the licenses for the three broadcasting stations for the unprofessional conduct in which they have conducted themselves in the past, which has posed a risk to national peace and stability.
General Mutale says the suspension has been done under section 29 (1) of the IBA Amendment Act of 2010 which provides that the Board may cancel a broadcasting license if the cancellation of the license is necessary in the interest of public safety, security, peace welfare or good order.
He states that during before and after the August 11th elections, Muvi TV, Komboni and Itezhi- Tezhi radio stations have been conducting themselves in an unprofessional manner contrary to the provisions of the IBA Act.
And Speaking at the same briefing, IBA Director General Josephine Mapoma allayed assertions that the reason for the suspension of the three broadcasting station is because they are perceived to be anti-government.
She says government t has no hand in the suspension of the licenses for the three broadcasting stations.
Ms. Mapoma adds the three broadcasting stations have 14 days to address the issues raised.