The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has slapped Radio Islam with a $625 (about K260, 000) fine for denigrating the Christian religion, mostly stating that Jesus Christ is not the son of God.
Macra has imposed the fine on Radio Islam for breaching Clause 2(a) of the Third Schedule to the Communications Act and Clause 10.1.3 of its Licences by denigrating other religion beliefs.
“In January, 2013 Radio Islam aired a programme where they denigrated the Christian religion by among other things stating that Jesus Christ is not the Son of God and all people who follow him shall perish in hell.
“Upon hearing representations from Radio Islam, they admitted to have aired the program in breach of both the Communications Act and the Licence terms and conditions.
“Radio Islam has been warned before for the same conduct of denigrating other religious beliefs. Therefore, pursuant to Section 54(5)[c] of the Communications Act, the Authority has imposed the fine of $625 on Radio Islam which is a quarter of their Licence fees,” said Macra Director General, Charles Nsaliwa.
Macra, established pursuant to Section 3 of the Communications, 1998 of the laws of Malawi, regulates the postal, telecommunications and broadcasting sector.
It assumed the regulatory functions of the communications sector which had been performed by the Malawi Telecommunications Corporation Limited.
Macra is among the three institutions established following the dissolution of the former Malawi Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (MPTC).