IBA plans to implement regulatory framework that strikes balance


INDEPENDENT Broadcasting Authority (IBA) is planning to implement regulatory frameworks that strike a balance between freedom and responsibility, its new directorgeneral, Guntila Muleya, has said.
Speaking at a media breakfast meeting yesterday to introduce himself, Mr Muleya said there is need to ensure broadcasting stations adhere to regulations and guidelines while preserving their editorial independence.
“In this regard, some of the changes I would like to see in the broadcasting sector include the digitalisation of the IBA’s procedures in line with the government’s upward momentum in digital transformation,” Mr Muleya said.
He said IBA will endeavour to create a more enabling regulatory environment through enhanced stakeholder management and legal reforms.
“As you are aware, the process to repeal and replace the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Act number 17 of 2002 is already under way,” Mr Muleya said.
He noted that technology has transformed faster than regulation, hence the need to change the Act to assist in addressing the gap.
Mr Muleya said he is aware of some challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and, therefore, IBA is committed to collaborative relationships with stakeholders towards creating an enabling broadcast media environment that serves the interest of all Zambians.
“I wish to reiterate that our doors are open and, as such, feel free to contact us for any matters relating to our work; you are welcome,” he added…https://enews.daily-mail.co.zm/welcome/home