Media bodies term IBA’s request for recordings ‘retrogressive’ – Media

Written by on May 15, 2019

Media bodies have described as retrogressive to media freedom, the decision by the Independent Broadcasting Authority-IBA to have radio and television stations submit broadcast recordings every two weeks for easy monitoring.

Independent Broadcasting Authority-IBA director general Josephine Mapoma said in a statement that the new directive which is effective today is pursuant to section 38 of the ABA Act number 17.

But Media Institute of Southern Africa-MISA Zambia Chairperson Helen Mwale has questioned where IBA is drawing the authority from as its current Act does not require media houses to be submitting recordings to the authority.

Ms. Mwale says the decision is retrogressive because there are costs attached to the implementation.C

And The Media Owners Association of Zambia-MOAZ president Kenny Tonga has described as shocking the directive by IBA.

Mr. Tonga says there are a lot of questions on the new directive by the IBA because it has not highlighted how the implementation will be done.

And Zambia Institute of Independent Media Alliance (ZIIMA) president Jajah Coulibaly says the directive by IBA is an abuse of the provision cited by the IBA and must be condemned in the strongest terms.

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