Zambian government vows to close online publications
GOVERNMENT| Aug. 15, 2012, 10:05 a.m.
By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia
The Zambian government has vowed to close some online media organisations for allegedly publishing insults and not positive criticisms.
Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga said there was need to put a stop to the unpalatable language that some online media houses were using.
Malupenga expressed concern that the language being used by some online media houses is not good for the country’s development.
According to Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS), a government run news agency, the Zambian government is warning online media houses not to abuse the freedom of expression but to use it responsibly.
Last month, the country’s ruling Patriotic Front (PF) also called for the closure of online publications alleging that they are being used by opposition political parties to attack and insult government officials and church leaders.
Opposition political parties in Zambia receive less favourable coverage from the country’s mainstream media that are all controlled by the PF government and have instead turned to independent online media for coverage.
However, the PF alleges that the country’s online publications are being sponsored by the opposition political parties to insult and cast aspersions on the government, members of the clergy and traditional leaders supporting the government.
PF secretary general and spokesperson Winter Kabimba also feels opposition political parties are sponsoring some elements in the social media to attack the government.
Kabimba warned the PF government will work hard to close some online publications because their reporting must not go unchecked.
The country’s president Michael Sata was the first to direct the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), the country’s telecom sector regulator to close the Zambian Watchdog, an online publication, for its attack on the government.
But ZICTA later informed Sata that they had failed to act on his instructions because the Watchdog website is hosted outside the Zambian jurisdiction.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
NCC gives operators to Jan 2015 to design consumer compensationThe Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has set up a committee to look into how consumers could be compensated directly by service providers for the depletion of their air time due to poor quality of services (QoS). Read More
NCA launches Type Approval Portal in GhanaGhana's National Communication Authority has launched an Online Portal for Type Approval at the plush La Palm Beach Hotel in Accra. Read More
BIH gauges Open Data readiness in BotswanaOpen Data could make a significant contribution to Botswana’s economic goals, and help re-assert Botswana’s traditional democratic credentials, a study has found. Read More
Ghana moots lifting of smartphone import taxThe Government of Ghana is set to consider the lifting of import tax duties on smart phones. Read More
Broadband ‘boosts growth’Every economy today requires broadband for growth and prosperity, says Joseph Tiampati, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology. Read More
CAK: all systems go for Universal Service FundKenya's long-awaited Universal Service Fund has finally become a reality and it aims to bridge the digital divide. Read More
Khama spells out ICT roadmap in SONAIn his first National Assembly address after his reelection, Botswana President Ian Khama told the nation that the implementation of the National Research, Science, Technology and Innovation policy (RSTI) has started. Read More
Ghana to launch first phase of National Fibre Network soonThe Government of Ghana is expected to officially commission the completion of work on the fibre optic network connecting the eastern corridor linking Ho in the Volta region and Bawku in the Northern Region of the country by the end of December this year. Read More
Botswana streets to come under surveillanceSelected streets in both big and small cities as well as villages will be under the permanent glare of video surveillance according to recent reports. Read More
FEATURED STORYGSMA: half a billion mobile subscribers in SSA by 2020
The number of unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa will pass the half billion mark in 2020, says a new GSMA report.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAfrica lags on digital migration
Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.
COMPANY NEWSLeading through volatility in Africa
For the businesses that are prepared to face the storm and manage the volatility afflicting the continent, there are still huge rewards to be had from doing business ...