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Monday, 21 September 2009

RB on media privatisation..

I wish to inform this House that my Government is considering a policy shift with regard to media ownership. My Government is assessing the possibility of considering privatising some of the state owned media organisations. This decision will help in enhancing competition in the media industry.
A very progressive stance from President Banda and is in line with what the Zambian Economist has been calling for a long time (here, here, here and here). The Zambian public have a window of opportunity to lobby GRZ heavily to see this is done. The government media may oppose this move because they fear job losses, but all lovers of freedom must get behind this possibility.

Update (23/9/09) : Support from the Zambian Union of Journalists.

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