HRDC demands K200m, apology from MBC for slander, gutter journalism

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has demanded K200 million and a series of apologies from the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) for describing the rights activists as a terrorist organisation in its 7pm prime time news bulletin.

MBC director general Aubrey Sumbuleta: Gutter journalism

Wesley Mwafulirwa of Kawelo Lawyers has written the MBC director general Aubrey Sumbuleta and news presenter Matilda Mkandawire who have been threatened with a lawsuit should they fail to meet the demands by January 27, 2020.

“In its literal sense, the statement meant Malawi Human Rights Defenders Coalition is a terrorist organisation.

” Our client is dismayed by the fact that their description was also made by the president of the country and broadcast by your institution, ” reads the letter in part.

The letter says any reasonable person would not want to associate with HRDC given the connotations associated with terrorism but the gutter journalism.

“Terrorism is not only a moral vice but also a crime under our laws as well as international laws. The words published were therefore defamatory and contrary to the values and principals on which our clients’ organisation is based,” says the letter.

The letter says the reputation of the HRDC has been injured following the story and demanded the apology on radio, websites and other social media outlets by the electoral tax funded media house.

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HRDC YAKULEPHERANI KENAKO MWATI MUNGOYIVALIKA DZINA LA TERRORIST ORGANISATION, CHONSECHO POSACHEDWAPA MUNKATI MUTHANA NAWO A MTAMBOWOTU.INU A DPP MUKUPANGA ZOPEPELA MUKADALI MUBOMA NDE MUKATULUKANO?

John Gray Gufa
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John Gray Gufa

Chilungamo chimapweteka. Indeed HRDC is a terrorist grouping.

Alex mgeni
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Alex mgeni

MBC watch out…..we will burn to ashes your studios. We don’t want zopusa. A bomb is coming your way……

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Malawian

Nzachilendo izi Ku Malawi and sitidziwa Kuti ufulu ndi chani komabe hrdc sichifwamba akanakhala zifwamba sibwenzi akumapanga report nkhanza zimene akuchitilidwa Kuti Boma lichitepo kanthu. Bwenzi akumathananazo okha . Yendani a Malawi kumaiko ena osamangoti chilichonse inde bwana mudzaombela mfiti manja. Hrdc ikugwila ntchito yotamandika dpp inafika poopeka chilichonse ndikumangani aaaah asalakwitse utsutse ndikumangani. Akuba amangolowelelapo chabe the hrdc marches peaceful with no any weapon.

Steve
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Live

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Malawian

Zikanakhala zifwamba bwenzi kulibe lero ngachilungamo anthuwa omenyela ofulu sakondedwa ndi ophwanya . Zikatheka Malawi adzawapatsa ulemu Kuti well done hrdc. Omaphwanya zaeni ngosokoneza kufuma kwabwino kwa hrdc. Just imagine Ku Blantyre last time they were matching peacefully nanga anawatenthela galimoto chifukwa chani

Chikafu
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Chikafu

Ukavu wamukolani heheheheheeee! 200million for what? Kuba basi, kapitirizeni kukumba misewu Ku Kasiya uko, 200million mukaipeza pansipo, tapasila Mota Engil!

Benjamin Kabinda Sakala
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Benjamin Kabinda Sakala

If someone blaming Timothy Mtambo,I cry myself because any rulling party leaders they become rich at night,once they are in government post,Chikangawa forest guarding by soldiers family members of Mr government officials bribes,beating people for nothing,I saw them in Nthungwa area there,in September,why thy should go to DRC and Somalia to bring peace there,come 2024

Noxy
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HRDC’s activities resembles a terrorist group not as their name.

Mandado@147
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Go to court and be a Dpp witness then why you telling us like we got the apology demand letter nor the laywers’ initial prep lawsuit file! KKKK

Joloza
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Zifwamba izi. A MBC sanalakwitse

Pachalo
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Pachalo

Well done HRDC! It’s a pity that taxpayers money is being wasted by MBC which has now been turned into a DPP mouthpiece! Its folly to compare a human rights organisation like HRDC to the likes of Al Shabab! Let MBC and its leadership learn a bitter lesson about defamation!