MISA saddened with Sata’s U-turn on issuance of National Licenses

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has expressed concern over President Michael Sata’s remarks following the issuance of nationwide broadcasting licenses to private radio stations by the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA).

Yesterday, October 28, 2013, President Sata said the issuance of nationwide licenses to Radio Phoenix and QFM borders on the country’s integrity and directed that they be revoked.

MISA Zambia Chairperson Nalumino Nalumino says MISA will be deeply saddened if government goes ahead to revoke the licenses so far issued to the two private Radio stations.

Nalumino says it is unfair and an acceptable for government to make such a u-turn when Zambians are eager to have information at their finger tips especially IN RURAL areas where people are only able to listen to the national broadcaster ZNBC.

He says there is need for government to give the media freedom to operate without being interfered with.

The MISA Chairperson adds that it is unfortunate that the happiness for the two commercial radio stations has been short-lived.