It is not negative reporting from Malawi media Mr President

During his recent meeting with owners and chief executives of private media houses, President Peter Mutharika expressed his disappointment about negative reporting by journalists.  He said he was not happy about how some journalists write bad things about the country and in the process portraying a negative picture to the outside world that would scare investors.

Mutharika and media managers

Mutharika and media managers

Naturally, the President detests negative reports because they portray a failed government and by extension, that he is a failed leader.  What the President should know is that it is easy for journalists to write fake positive reports to camouflage problems and please government.  Is this what he wants?  If so, what benefit can people derive from that?

In case the President has forgotten, the whole idea behind achieving democracy in Malawi was/is to promote transparency, which comes with reporting as it is.  Therefore sugar-coating problems to cover up government’s failure is not part of this.

No sensible person can intentionally write or talk negatively about their country.  The negative side of the story comes about because the reporters want to give a true picture.

The President should just take the reports as whistle blowers for him to take appropriate action. Even the would-be investors can prepare accordingly after knowing what situation to expect.

For example, with the current long hours of electricity blackouts, any serious investor must come to Malawi ready with an alternative source of power.  Failing which they will just use Malawi as a stepping stone to other African countries which have more reliable power.

Most Malawians know better that it had to take some courageous journalists to expose the systematic loosing of government resources known as Cashgate.  This was taking place silently as leaders watched and some are alleged to have benefitted from it too.  Reporting about Cashgate should not be blamed on journalists although it has shown the country as one of the most corrupt in Africa.

Currently, Malawi is facing acute food shortages.  This is undeniable and yet the President and his Cabinet ministers say people will not die of hunger because there is enough maize.  This makes no sense when the reality is that most selling points have no maize and where there is maize it is erratically available and rationed to 10 kilogrammes after one has slept at the selling point for days.  If the truth is told about the food situation, who knows, some well-wishers might come along with help!

Instead of blaming journalists, the President should blame some of his advisers for not doing their jobs properly. They are supposed to be his eyes and ears so as to advise him on time so that he can be rectifying problems before they get out of hand.

There is no point having advisers who are simply hangers or who just specialise in refuting this and that story pertaining to the Presidency.  They must master communication skills and strategies to help him better.

The President should know better that problems in Malawi are too numerous.  No amount of cover up can avoid the outside world to know about the gleam picture and the suffering going on in this country.

In fact, some of the negative reports about the country come from visiting international journalists.  Let the government sort out the mess, instead of complaining about negative reporting by our journalists who are just fulfilling their duty of being voice of the voiceless masses across the country.

 

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15 thoughts on “It is not negative reporting from Malawi media Mr President”

  1. blitz says:

    The Media is Gabbage in Gabbage out…if government is doing nothing, the media reports the nothing the government is doing. I don’t see any wrong in that.

  2. Amazing Grace says:

    Malawi Media be at the fore front in publicising solutions and solutions only….You play a major role in propagating our economy….its so pathetic that each time you open the papers its just full of trash…as though none of you went to school.

    You have a wider audience, research what other countrie’s media houses are doing to contribute towards the economy.

    Enough of caughting text out of contex.
    Thax Miss Emily

  3. Eugene says:

    Bwampini, do your job and the media will report accordingly. First you steal the election, then continue to steal on top of the 577 BILLION…the donors are not stupid, they can see for themselves what’s happening.. They don’t need to be told by the media

  4. Luis Jafali says:

    I QUOTE: Some of the negative reporting of our country come from visiting international journalists.

    Yes, yes, yes I agree with you but lets not forget that we have Embassies and International Organization. Do we know some of works they do? Perhaps not! These Embassies are like small nations in big nation. ( a cup in a big container of water). They spy for their governments and countries. Why should they be the first ones to know what happens (positive or negative) in our country? Let us be the first to know even if its negative. We deserve to know everything that happens within and beyond. So, journalist do not be discouraged, report and write whatever you think the citizens of this country needs to know. I support you guys, and know that you have my 120% support!

  5. All4ks says:

    Kakha erutu, typical dpp bootlicker. Jappie and msaka bought alot of maize to distribute and bribe people in their areas. Where did they get the maize? That was when the govt was saying we have alot of maize stocks in admarc depots. Now this govt finds itself exposed by its own lies. And journalist should keep quiet?

    What happened to the maize in the so called silos?

    Analyst, am very disappointed with your views on apm. Apm gives more bad news or decisions than good ones, hence more bad news is being given by journalists. That is the truth, more bad news from this govt than good. Hence more emphasis on bad news so that they learn how to give us more good and balanced news. Infact bad news is actually good news if you learn from it. It is just like learning from your mistakes.

  6. Ngalamayi says:

    Excellent! Let us hope our leaders read this and learn!

  7. Awacha says:

    After all not all of us can be boot lickers and hand clappers Mr president! Learn to accommodate opposing views and opinions and build on them to make a better leader. I pause!

  8. truth pains says:

    very true mr. president some of you journalists behave as if malawi is not your country and that when these donors go you will not suffer. the president is not saying dont report bad things but be responsible in reporting. for example look at your emotional write up here. wakwiyiranji iwe mtolankhani? emotions are visible across your lines. learn to sell and not always scaring investors that is the message from mr. president

  9. Kakha Erutu says:

    Mai Kamanga, the president never said there is enough maize. He said he will ensure there is enough maize. The problem with Malawi media is misrepresentation of facts to suit personal views. CHANGE.

  10. Jokujoku says:

    Why have u been given these billions by china

  11. The Analyst says:

    O………………………………………………………………………………………O
    If the only news channel you watch is CNN, you will be shocked to learn what a chaotic and war-torne and never-forgiving world we live in is now; because of the channel’s lust for violence n chaos.
    If the only online news outlet you glue yourself to is nyasatimes, you will be surprised how failed a state Malawi is.
    If the only radio station you listen to is MBC Radio 1, you will be shocked to learn about how much APM and his boys have thus far, achieved.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………….
    What APM is suggesting is that you journalists should report issues as they are; a thing which you sadly don’t do; instead you put in your muddy opinion, relate and compare the events and eventually twist the original idea.
    Also, more often than not, you media houses tend to display an insatiable lust for negative stories. Thus, even if a person does both good and bad, you ignore the good or talk less of it and just in passing; but amplify the bad and report more of it and in greater detail.
    Sadly, he who fails to appreciate that negative stories sell more than positive ones, shall have a hard time living in this world of vulturous journalists who supply and sell more of what is demanded. And negative it is, in nature.
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    Most importantly, let us all live as to starve these beastly journalists of negative stories. Otherwise, the aura of happiness that comes from negative stories, is as irresistible a music to the readers’ ear, as magnetic to the writer’s pen.

    However, only mad journalists write bad about good situations and good about bad situations. And sadly, such journalists; we have them in abundant supply.
    O………………………………………………………………………………………….O

  12. Milward Malidadi says:

    If you think that the current reporting of journalists is not negative then you should revisit your dictionary. The negativity has even worsened after the said meeting. Your read the daily papers, you listen to the private radios, you watch the private TV stations; you can even touch the anger that all these media houses are expressing. The HE’s stance on the ATI Bill was like touching their delicate parts with Chilli Sauce. We have an angry private media that is thriving on painting the Govt black. Just listen to Capital Radio? With their third rate journos acting analysts on subjects they don’t understand. They take pride in exposing their lack of knowledge in more areas than one. Is there a campaign to discredit the govt? Hell Yes!! That is their strategy until the ATI bill is passed.

  13. chimwemwe says:

    Good to call aspade aspade

  14. Kenkkk says:

    Typical dpp and the president. Perform and we will all rejoice and praise you. Lies are unpatriotic,stick to the truth no matter how unpalatable it is. Donors or investors will respect us if we tell the truth, not hiding it. If they discover the lies then you will scare them, the same investors you want.

  15. sober minded says:

    The author is right that the numerous president’s are always in reactive mode, always waiting to refute perceived inaccurate stories. Why can’t they, for once, volunteer correct information so as to wrong-foot those journalists with evil intentions? The president is wrong to imply that most journalists enjoy portraying their country negatively – the journalists are just doing their duty of informing the populace.

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