Black Moses cautions Bingu on journalists

Man-about-town Black Moses, who was working with the slain Polytechnic student Robert Chasowa,  has condemned President Bingu wa Mutharika for subjecting journalists to a  hostile environment that  was full of intimidation from ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cohorts during the rally press conference on Monday at Kamuzu International Airport.

Mutharika intimidated the press corps accussing them for what he called negative for “not focusing on development oriented stories.”

Moses president of Youth, Freedom and Democracy (YFD) says Mutharika should know that the attack of the journalists who were at the airport was an attack to the entire media fraternity.

Moses: Youth can go back in the streets. Pic. Times Group

He says the conduct of DPP Cadets to harass the media is tantamount to discouraging the youth aspiring to join the profession.

In a statement issued on Thursday by YFD, Moses warns Mutharika that the youth have opened another page of new demands which will compel them to demonstrate again.

YDF called the press rally by Mutharika was “an utter embarrassment and humiliation not only for the press and media practitioners who were present but for the entire media fraternity.”

The Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi)  chairperson Anthony Kasunda has also said his media watchdog  holds the president responsible for inciting his supporters to boo journalists because of his direct attack at the media in his speech.

Moses further says, “Most youth are employed in several media houses both print and electronic and as youth we take the media industry as very contributing to the reduction of unemployment among the youth. The incidence of dehumanizing and embarrassing the journalists in full view of state television and radio would discourage most youth to take up the noble profession.”

He calls on the authorities to desist from the barbaric and embarrassing acts.

He then adds, “We would also like to remind the authorities to look back and remember why the youth went on the street and died in numbers on the 29th July 2011. We feel that the authorities have started creating new demands on a plain sheet and this incidence has been recorded as item one on the new list of demands.”

Moses was arrested along side Duncan Phiri, close friends of the slain Chasowa. After he was granted bail, he was again arrested for allegedly being found with Indian hemp (Chamba).

He is currently on bail.

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