PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATELY RELEASE

7th October 2017

IBA MUST NEVER BE USED AS AN INSTITUTION TO PERPETUATE INTIMIDATION AND CORRUPTION.

We have noted the correspondence by the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) summoning the proprietors of Prime TV for questioning on Monday.

Our country has already experienced several media closures and suffocations under the PF and we cannot go on like this.

The IBA must distance itself from the PF and it’s suffocation of the media by allowing the fourth estate (Media) to operate independently.

We have always insisted that media houses must be allowed to operate freely as part of the democratic process that ensures checks and balances in any country.

In the instance of summoning Prime TV owners, we have no doubt the reasons that have led to such and as UPND, we shall issue our findings and demand for answers on certain revelations that have been made recently.

But the intimidation of media houses and whistle-blowers must come to an end immediately.

We urge IBA which is supposed to be an independent institution not to fall prey to being used as a tool of intimidation and corruption in the country.

Hakainde Hichilema

*UPND PRESIDENT

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