Govt bullies Macra to withdraw letter summoning MBC for hearing over  ‘terrorist’ remarks and gutter journalism 

Government has bullied Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) to rescind its decision to reprimand Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) over dwindling standards.

Botomani: Asked Macro to spare MBC

In a letter from Macra director general Geoffrey Itaye says Macra was withdrawing an earlier letter summoning MBC for the hearing because “we have gathered new information which needs further investigation.”

However our source says minister of Information Mark Botomani called Itaye to tell him to leave MBC alone to do the Democratic Progressive Party propaganda.

MACR summoned MBC for hearing over a broadcast which referred to Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) as ‘gulu la za uchifwamba (terrorist group).

In a letter addressed to MBC’s Director-General dated January 20, 2020 and signed by Itaye, the regulatory body bemoans what it calls dwindling standards at the taxpayers-funded broadcaster.

Another incident highlighted in the letter is a broadcast where a guest in a program, in reference to alleged rape cases in Msundwe, described rape as something that is done with consent from the victim.

“MACRA, through its monitoring system, has observed with concern the dwindling standards of your broadcasts within the past days. To substantiate the point above, we are in possession of a recording which was extracted from the news bulletin broadcast on 16th January 2020 in which your news reader referred to the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) as gulu la za uchifwamba (terrorist group)”.

MACRA says these statements were abusive and insulting as well as likely to affect public order and tranquility contrary to the communications act.

The hearing was set  for 09:00 hours on Tuesday – January 28, 2020.

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4444 Nooo
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4444 Nooo

Mwawona?anthuwa ndi amodzi,
Guys anthuwa atipondeleza mokwana

BigMan
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BigMan

No surprise here, this is afterall a cabinet that sponsors and supports the rape of its own citizens.

Mr. Maliseche alephera kudyetsa ziphuphu ma judge
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Mr. Maliseche alephera kudyetsa ziphuphu ma judge

Eh koma Botomani amandinyasa. He’s always on some bullshit

Opportunist
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Opportunist

Very unfortunate that why I stopped listening or watching from this station more than 10 years ago

Mtete
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Mtete

I for one didn’t think this “MBC summoning” by good boy itaye would go far. It’s amazing why DPP is always anti truth. Mark my words your time is up. I feel sad when grown people in the party make fools of themselves just to please ” His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Muntharika”.

Ziwoni
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Ziwoni

They are all under the same Government and how can they monitor one another without interference from MG

Patrick
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Patrick

They shud prepare to leave n some will be fired…it’s that easy. Time has come now for them to realise the realities of proffessionalism… You will all go and they will be no mercy for you

Chakuza
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Chakuza

Ife tinasiye kale kale kumvera radio yoputsayi

Mbonga Matoga
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Mbonga Matoga

Koma mr Botomani a anada ndi mtima omwe eti?

Daudi Donex John
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Daudi Donex John

There days are numbered