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Zambia shuts down three radio stations


Zambia’s Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has the suspended broadcasting licenses of three privately owned radio stations – Muvi TV, Komboni Radio and Itezhi Tezhi Radio.

IBA chairman Justin Mutale said the suspension followed the “unprofessional conduct” of the three stations during the fiercely contested 11 August presidential elections.

Their coverage had posed a risk to national peace and stability and they had been suspended in the “public interest”, he added.

The three stations can appeal against the decision within 30 days.

The opposition has launched court action to challenge President Edgar Lungu’s re-election, alleging the poll was rigged.

The electoral commission  insists that he defeated Hakainde Hichilema in a free and fair contest.

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