Prime TV Closure Political, Insists EU

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Ministry of foreign affairs has maintained that the decision by the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to suspend Prime TV broadcasting licence for 30 days was done independently with no political interference.

But Germany Ambassador to Zambia Achim Burkart says his government believes the suspension was political, especially that the move was done soon after the PF Secretary General Davies Mwila made various complains over the TV station.

Addressing delegates accredited to Zambia, Foreign Affairs Minister Joe Malanji says according to IBA, the suspension is meant make the broadcasting network to comply with media ethics.

He adds that the PF government will continue to promote and encourage freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

But Mr Burkart says his government believes the suspension was political, especially that the move was done soon after the PF Secretary General Davies Mwila made various complains over the TV station.

He however says that Zambia is an independent country that makes its own decisions.

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