Sunday, February 10, 2013

Zambia: Independent Radio Stations Threatened With Closure

Privately owned Joy FM Radio in Lusaka faces closure by the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) for not renewing its operating licence.

A memo from ZICTA has also issued notice of closure to three other radio stations and a private company in Eastern Province for allegedly failing to fulfill paperwork requirements.

The radio stations in Eastern Province are Radio Mphangwe in Atete, Radio Chikaya in Lundazi, and Radio Feel Free in Chipata.

Joy FM Radio in Lusaka is famous for broadcasting live phone in programmes where callers are not censored for their contributions. The programme has attracted the ire of President Michael Sata's government because callers have been often been vocally critical of the Patrotic Front government, complaining on air of its failure to deliver on campaign promises.

According to ZICTA, operating licenses for some of the radio stations had expired in 2010.

ZICTA has also issued a notice of closure to 67 other companies in the country, which have radio communication facilities but have not renewed them.

(Source : Zambia Reports via

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