The Zambian government has issued ten full licences and sixteen construction permits to radio and television stations, which are expected to switch on using the digital broadcasting format before the 2013 deadline set by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), ITWeb reported.
Kennedy Sakeni, minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said the move is intended to enhance participation in the affairs of the country, as well as offer people an opportunity to air their views on issues of national interest.
He said the number of radio and television licences issued is much higher than the previous government's record of only two full radio licences and eight construction permits issued between 2010 and September 2011.
Sakeni said issuing licences is a clear demonstration of the Patriotic Front government's commitment to transparency and accountability by ensuring free flow and public access to information.
(Source : telecompaper.com)