"It is a shame the way the public media is being used by the MMD. The people of Zambia are even made to pay K3,000 per month, for what? That is why people have now shunned watching ZNBC because it is all government propaganda....Zambians have an ownership of the public media because they are taxpayers to these institutions. ZNBC promised that it will accord equal airtime to all political parties but we have not seen that happening. What we see are documentaries of the MMD...We cannot say anything about the private media because we do not know your editorial policies. We do not pay anything to you people...However, the public media is owned by Zambians, they have an ownership. What the public media is doing is wasting your money and my money."
AVAP's Bonnie Tembo on what the public media is doing with your money. The contradiction of MMD's privatisation programme is that it has not sold those things that are genuinely financially bankrupt like Daily Mail - which every Zambian wants them to. More extensive thoughts on the media can be found in our monthly essay - Zambian Media as Agents of Poverty.