The Supreme Court of Zambia will rule on March 23 on the government’s
implementation of the Broadcasting Act, reports Ellen Chikale.

Six media bodies had sued the state over its failure to put into operation the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) amendment and the Independent Broadcasting Act (IBA) of 2002.

The High Court earlier ruled in favour of the media bodies, but the state appealed to the Supreme Court to stay the implementation of the media laws until further determination.

The media bodies sued the Attorney General and the then Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Mrs. Mutale Nalumango who is now the Deputy Speaker.

The six media bodies are the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa), Zambia Union of Journalists (ZUJ), Zambia Media Women Association (ZAMWA), Press Association of Zambia (PAZA), the Society of Senior Zambia Journalists (SSZJ) and the Post Newspapers.