NAREP, ZIIMA apply for solidarity protest in support of Prime TV
By Staff Reporter
The Zambia Institute of Independent Media Alliance (ZIIMA) and opposition National Restoration Party (NAREP) have applied for separate police permits to hold peaceful protests on Friday, March 15, 2019 in Lusaka in solidarity with Prime TV over the suspension of its broadcast licence.
In a statement obtained by newsdayzambia.com ZIIMA president Jajah Coulibally says the intended march will take place from the Freedom statue to the IBA offices at Mass Media Complex and will involve 50 journalists and 20 stakeholders.
“The peaceful protest is open to other institutions that share the same cause and are free to join us. We shall provide our own marshals so that law and order is maintained and avoid unnecessary security concerns,” he said.
And in a separate statement, NAREP secretary general Ezra Ngulube said the protest march would take place on the same day from Prime TV offices to the information Ministry offices and would involve journalists from different media institutions, NAREP members, civil society, church mother bodies, students unions and the general public.
“Notice is hereby given that the National Restoration Party (NAREP), a political party dully registered under the laws of Zambia will be undertaking a protest against the closure of Prime TV. The protest will start at 10:00hrs on 15th March 2019 along great North road, through Cairo road to the Ministry of Information headquarters,” he stated.
The two organisatons say their notices have been given in compliance with section 5 sub section 4 of the public Order Act Chapter 113 of the laws of Zambia.