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Media under threat in Malawi

By Amalawi - Mon Dec 09, 10:26 pm

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Malawi: Media is once again under threat in Malawi as Ireen Chikuni,the  deputy secretary general for the current ruling party PP threatened some media house. During a presidential function held in Ndirande Township, Blantyre she called on the government to stop advertising with all media houses who are critical of the current government. The Malawi government is a major provider of business in Malawi so by stopping advertising most media houses will simply close.

Chikuni went further and criticised all journalist who are critical of the government, she said the ruling party will deal with some journalists who write or broadcast what she called insults to President Joyce Banda.

A group of journalists have called for her resignation from the party.  MISA – Malawi released a statement calling for the party to act and for the secretary to resign “If the ruling party does not share Chikuni’s sentiments, let it come forward and condemn her and dissociate itself from her words. We also call for the resignation of Madam Chikuni and that if she is not able to do that voluntarily, the party must fire her,” reads a statement from Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) Chapter chairperson Anthony Kasunda.

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The statement further said: “MISA Malawi does not only find these words disappointing but also retrogressive considering the strides the country has made to entrench the culture of democracy.

MISA said no amount of intimidation and threats will divert the media in the country from its critical role of being a watchdog for society.

“People who contest for public positions should be ready and open to public scrutiny. The media in Malawi will not relent in holding those in public offices accountable to the people of Malawi,” reads the statement.

So far the party has refused to comment on the matter

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