Zambia: RSF decries sudden closure of three broadcast media

first_img Help by sharing this information News ZambiaAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Organisation News Receive email alerts to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the decision by Zambia’s Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to suspend the licences of three privately-owned broadcast media – Muvi TV, Komboni Radio and Radio Itezhi Tezhi. Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa August 25, 2016 Zambia: RSF decries sudden closure of three broadcast media March 29, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Zambia IBA employees and police raided Muvi TV’s studios on the evening of 22 August, evicted its personnel, seized its transmitter and sealed off access to the building. Komboni Radio and Radio Itezhi Tezhi then suffered the same fate. The closures come amid a tense climate for journalists since President Edgar Lungu’s reelection on 11 August – a victory that has been disputed by the opposition in street protests. At a news conference, IBA chairman Justin Mutale said that “before, during and after the 11 August 2016 elections” the tree media outlets had been “conducting themselves in an unprofessional manner” and had thereby posed a “risk to national peace and stability.” He did not elaborate. The legal basis for the closures is an article in the IBA Amendment Act that empowers the IBA to withdraw a broadcasting licence if it is “necessary in the interest of public safety, security, peace, welfare or good order.” “The Zambian government clearly wanted to silence these independent media and used the cover of a supposedly independent authority,” RSF said. “Regardless of the criticisms that can be levelled against the three media outlets, shutting them down without warning is completely disproportionate. We call for their licences to be restored at once.” Hellen Mwale, the head of the Media Institute of Southern African’s local branch, MISA-Zambia, described Muvi TV’s coverage of the presidential election as “fair and balanced” in comparison with other media. Muvi TV’s lawyer, Milner Kakubo, announced that the TV station will appeal against the closure. A hearing with the IBA has already been set for 14 September. Zambia is ranked 114th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Reports Zambia : Outspoken Zambian TV channel suspended for 30 days News November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa ZambiaAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression March 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

House Subcommittee Chair Pushes for Main Street Regulatory Relief

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / House Subcommittee Chair Pushes for Main Street Regulatory Relief Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save About Author: Brian Honea U.S. Representative Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) on Wednesday urged his colleagues in the House to adopt legislation to ease the regulatory burdens on non-depository financial institutions in his opening statement of a House subcommittee hearing.In the Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit hearing entitled “Examining Regulatory Burdens on Non-Depository Financial Institutions,” Neugebauer, who is the chairman of that subcommittee, called those institutions “a diverse and important part of our financial sector.”“We must push forward in our bipartisan efforts to provide regulatory relief for our Main Street financial institutions and protect the financial independence of the individuals and families they serve,” he said.Neugebauer presented four main issues facing the institutions in his opening statement.The first issue Neugebauer discussed was the Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Act, commonly known as TRID, and the pending August 1 effective date.”This is a major endeavor that will significantly alter the mortgage closing process for consumers, lenders, and title insurance companies,” Neugebauer said, noting that it is important for the committee to understand what the industry is doing to comply with the effective date and what issues the committee needs to address.The second issue was the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s promulgating rules addressing the short-term, small dollar credit market, which American consumers widely use – and is highly enforced and regulated at the state level.”It is important for this Committee to examine the regulatory structure of these products, and understand how a Federal regulation impacts credit access and product choice for consumers,” Neugebauer said.The Congressman addressed the CFPB’s regulatory action that has affected the auto industry, then for the fourth issue, he stated how important it was for the committee to recognize how federal regulation impacts industries that have been historically state-regulated.”While we often talk about regulatory burdens in compliance terms—burdensome, duplicative, and unnecessary supervision and examination can also burden community-based lenders,” Neugebauer said. Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Housing Advocates Ask Regulators to Investigate Possible Pro-Foreclosure Campaigns Next: DS News Webcast: Thursday 04/16/15 House Financial Services Committee Non-Depository Financial Institutions Randy Neugebauer U.S. House of Representatives 2015-04-15 Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Postcenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: House Financial Services Committee Non-Depository Financial Institutions Randy Neugebauer U.S. House of Representatives Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago April 15, 2015 910 Views Related Articles House Subcommittee Chair Pushes for Main Street Regulatory Relief Subscribelast_img read more