11.03.2019 08:32 Age: 7 days
Category: Media Matters
Media houses face lengthy suspensions
Press freedom continues to be impeded in parts of Africa, with numerous print and broadcast outlets charged with different counts of “unprofessional conduct” by regulation authorities.
On 27 February 2019, Tanzanian authorities imposed a seven-day ban on The Citizen, an independent newspaper publication, extending the ban to the publication's online platforms as well.
Tanzanian authorities allege The Citizen has, on at least two occasions, published information that is seditious, false, and misleading. This comes after the publication wrote about Tanzania's “deteriorating democracy” and the state of the country's economy in an article published in February 2019.
Meanwhile, in Zambia, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), imposed a 30-day ban on privately owned broadcaster, Prime Television. According to the IBA, Prime Television is charged with "unbalanced coverage and opinionated news material, likely to incite violence and use of derogatory language”.
The ban was announced during a press briefing on 4 March 2019 in which the authority also declared its suspension of Valley FM’s licence for 60 days, citing “unprofessional conduct that manifested by its failure to balance a discussion programme" as the reason. Ngoma and Kafue radio stations also had their operations revoked.