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IBA warns mainstream media over reliance on social media for stories 

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INDEPENDENT Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Director General Josephine Mapoma has expressed concern over the mainstream media’s over reliance and excitement over social media stories.

In a statement, Mapoma urged the mainstream media to be more cautious and avoid relying on social media.

The Authority has observed with concern, the growing tendency of some mainstream media’s reliance and excitement over social media stories. The Authority has urged broadcast stations to realise that people may not take social media stories seriously but are likely to believe mainstream media stories, hence the need to be more cautious,” Mapoma said.

“The IBA, therefore, expects broadcasting stations to remain professional and avoid the temptation of relying on social media to aid bullying and hate among the people that could compromise the unity and security of the nation.”

She noted the high levels of laissez faire attitude among some broadcasters, leading to more Phone-in programmes that are heavily dependent on issues from social media.

Mapoma also noted that the Authority has further observed a continued and deliberate moves of ignoring conditions for which broadcasting licences were issued.

She reminded broadcasting stations that they have a duty to abide by the IBA Act and other broadcasting regulations.

And Mapoma said this year alone, some stations have been abrogating some broadcast regulations.

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UN system in Zambia closes temporarily after seven of its staff members and dependents tested positive for COVID-19

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THE United Nations (UN) has temporarily closed all its premises in Lusaka to visitors and personnel for a period of 14 days after seven of its staff members and dependents tested positive for COVID-19.

And UN National Information Officer Mark Maseko says the closure is meant to strengthen prevention measures against the virus in
the workplace.

Maseko said the United Nations in Zambia has been operating on a reduced physical footprint for all its premises since the activation of its Business Continuity Plan (BCP)
in March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Maseko said since the start of the outbreak, all UN agencies continued their operations in support of Zambia’s development and humanitarian priorities, in the implementation of the Government COVID-19 Multisectoral Contingency and Response Plan, with many of its personnel working under partial or full-time telecommuting.

He said despite implementing all the health measures put in place to prevent the contamination in the workplace, a cumulative total of four (04) UN personnel and three (03) UN dependents tested positive for COVID-19 as of 1 August 2020.

“Against this backdrop, the United Nations will temporarily close all its offices in Lusaka to its
personnel, visitors and the majority of contract workers for a period of 14 days effective 3 August in line with its BCP and in consultation with the national authorities,” said Maseko.

He added that the closure will facilitate necessary additional preventive, protective and tracing measures following a rise in
the number of cases in the UN family in order to mitigate and prevent contamination risks in
its premises.

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Our bars have become COVID-19 death traps, Bowman Lusambo says

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LUSAKA Province Minister Bowman Lusambo has warned residents that the restaurants which they have now turned into bars are death traps as they have the potential to swallow and wipe out everybody in the city.
And Lusambo says Covid-19 is real and is a dangerous and debilitating disease which can kill someone in hours time.
In a reflection message posted on his Facebook page, Lusambo said it is heartbreaking to see latest videos of Lusaka residents in crowded bars and nightclubs with no regard to social distancing and without wearing face masks .
“What is even more disturbing is that most of the patrons are adults with families whose conduct places those families at a higher risk of contracting Covid-19,” Lusambo said.
And Lusambo appealed to the residents to be responsible, stay home, practice social distance and mask up.

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President Lungu congrats PF for winning 10 of the 15 by-elections conducted in North Western, Western and Luapula Provinces yesterday

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has congratulated the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) for winning 10 of the 15 by-elections conducted in North Western, Western and Luapula Provinces yesterday.

And President Lungu has also congratulated the five candidates from the opposition political parties who won the elections.

In a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe, the President has also commended all parties for their peaceful conduct during
the campaigning and the voting.

“This is as it should be. At the end of the day we are one, no matter the political differences and the different political parties sponsoring us,” President Lungu said.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

04 Aug 2020, 3:01 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

6,580 Total Cases
171 Deaths
4,701 Recovered

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