Sata is a danger to press freedom, democracy – Dr. Banda

The United Party for National Development (UPND) has charged that President Michael Sata is a danger to press freedom and democracy.

In a statement released to Qfm, UPND Vice President Dr Canicius Banda says in revoking the national broadcasting licenses that government recently issued to Radio Phoenix and Qfm, the President is keeping citizens uninformed which is greatest danger to the integrity of the nation and media freedom.

Dr. Banda says keeping citizens uninformed using instruments of state power run counter to the very functions and purpose of the office of the president.

The UPND Vice president adds that not issuing licenses based on the decisions of the previous administrations illustrates the case of basing decisions on flawed precedents.

He explains that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema is at liberty to communicate using whatever medium is available to him as any other citizen.