Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Bright Nundwe got a little carried away in the face Independent Broadcasting Authority board by calling for the withdrawal of licences for some media houses he deemed unethical on the Copperbelt.
Nundwe told Independent Broadcasting Authority Director General Josephine Mapoma when she paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Ndola to stiffen punishments against erring media institutions on the Copperbelt.
He said IBA should not be a toothless institution, but be on media institutions that he said had unqualified people as directors.
“Don’t be toothless, be hard on people that are unethical, pounce on them look at their qualifications, is he fit to be the director of this institution? Look at the board of directors, are they qualified? If they misbehave please do not hesitate pouncing on them. Suspend them, in fact don’t just suspend them for two – three months because they know after two months that I will get back my studio, give them a stiff penalties maybe the entire year, close them and even withdraw the equipment from them,” Nundwe told the IBA Director General.
However, Mapoma soberly told Nundwe that her team was on the Copperbelt to enlighten the public on their role to reporting erring media houses bringing out what she termed unacceptable content.
Mapoma said the media ought to be ethical in their profession.