Zambia’s Independent Broadcasting Authority Cancels Prime TV Licence

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Reports coming out of Zambia says the country’s Government through the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has canceled the broadcasting licence of Prime Tv (private broadcaster) with immediate effect. According to the letter posted on social media from IBA to Prime TV today, the cancellation is “necessary in the interest of public safety, security, peace, welfare or good order”.

Prime TV is a private television station in Lusaka, Zambia, that was founded, and first broadcast in 2016. Prime TV has been critical of government activity in Zambia, which has resulted in attempts from the government to close it several times.

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“This means that Prime Television’s license is now void and should be surrendered to the authority. Prime Television is at liberty to appeal against the decision of the Board to the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services within 30 days in accordance with Section 31 (1) of the IBA Amendment Act of 2010,” wrote IBA Director General who is also the Board Secretary.

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