Uni­ver­sal TV, mo­bile sig­nal cov­er­age on cards

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

GOV­ERN­MENT in­tends to pro­vide uni­ver­sal tele­vi­sion and mo­bile sig­nal cov­er­age in the next 18 months, Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing, Dora Siliya has said. Ms Siliya said this called for con­sis­tent pro­vi­sion of lo­cal con­tent as Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ued im­ple­ment­ing the dig­i­tal mi­gra­tion pro­gramme. The min­is­ter who was speak­ing when she of­fi­ci­ated at a Dig­i­tal Mi­gra­tion Con­fer­ence in Lusaka yes­ter­day, noted that there was also need to think of leg­is­la­tion to reg­u­late and pro­tect so­ci­ety in the wake of ad­vance­ment in tech­nol­ogy. She added that with the de­vel­op­ment of dig­i­tal mi­gra­tion, there was need for in­ter­ro­ga­tions of the dig­i­tal space as they had come to stay. “Dig­i­tal mi­gra­tion of­fers a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties that can trans­late into wealth cre­ation for the coun­try,” she said. Min­is­ter of Jus­tice, Given Lu­binda said there was need to come up with leg­is­la­tion that sup­ports the growth of the me­dia in­dus­try and also pro­tects so­ci­ety from abusers of tech­nol­ogy. Mr Lu­binda added that Gov­ern­ment would en­sure it took into con­sid­er­a­tion in­ter­ests of var­i­ous play­ers in the me­dia in­dus­try in com­ing up with the leg­is­la­tion.

Dora Siliya

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