Macra threaten to close down media houses, broadcasters targeted ahead of Malawi watershed elections

Macra official in group photo during stakeholders workshop on draft rules on Universal Services Fund (USF) at Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe.

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has warned that they will start closing down all broadcasting houses in the country that fail to submit audited accounts and those who deliberately ignore their ethics to please their masters as the country drifts towards tripartite elections.

Benson Tembo, Macra technical advisor on digital broadcasting, said this was a licencing requirements.
“This is a requirement which we cannot be discussing or debating. The broadcasters know this,” he said.
Tembo said the audited accounts would enable Macra charge the broadcasters one per cent levy for universal service fund.
The veteran broadcaster   said each media house is charged according to its  income.
He said the fund helps to improve broadcasting, internet or postal services in hard to reach rural areas.

And MACRA’s Director of Broadcasting, Fegus Lipenga said as the country moves towards tripartite elections, sensational reporting becomes rampant which he said must be checked.

“Some journalists are not even ashamed to air false information and we will not hesitate to deal with that because broadcasting is a regulated market,” said Lipenga.

The Director added that all broadcasters should provide reliable and diversity of broadcasting services in politics to improve the broadcasting industry in the country.

“All broadcasters are liable for what goes on air. Broadcasters who want to behave like politicians must resign and join politics,” Lipenga pointed out.

Speaking on Tuesday during stakeholders workshop on draft rules on Universal Services Fund (USF) at Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe.

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KALISTA
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MACRA IS A BUNCH OF
THIEVES —WHY GOING ROUND ROUND LEAVING ITAYE AND HIS FRIENDS HERE AT MACRA ??

JOHN
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JOHN

YOUR MESSAGE IS MISDIRECTED. YOU SHOULD HAVE JUST SUMMONED THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE AND DISCIPLINE THEM INSTEAD OF GOING PUBLIC: PHILIP BUSINESS, HENRY HAUKEYA, SHUMBA, GRESAN CHAPITA, SUMBULETA, HOPE CHISANU, ETC.

THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT TARNUSH MBC

bibu
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bibu

MACRA, every radio do politics for example radio DPP1 and 2 not forgeting DPP TV, they are busy campaining DPP ndiye ngat kuli kuwachotsa chifukwa chandale yambani kuchotsa radio DPP1, 2 NDI TV, azikapanga za ndalezo mwanja philip , hope just mention a few…..

Central
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Central

MACRA is almost a fifth political region for DPP……………………………………….. and everybody knows that all professionals at MACRA work just like DPP youth cadets!! Kuteloko muona ayambira kutseka a private radio not MBC because MBC is another contingent of DPP Youth Cadets and work just like a DPP political constituency……!! Sincerely, I always wonder why educated people like Benson, and Lipenga deliberately throw away ethics just to please their masters while they pretty know that they institutions they are running do not belong to a party but to Malawians………………..!! Moti zingakhale zoyela kuti muzichita kuuzidwa to stop working like party officials…………….!!… Read more »

joel
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AMPHA MULI BHOO

boston kapida
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boston kapida

BWANJI OSAMUPANGA DESCIPLINE PHILLIP BUSINESS AMENE AMAPANGA BEHAVE AS A POLITICIAN WA CHIPANI CHA DPP???? PULOGILAMU YAKE YA MANIFESTO IS IT REGULATED???

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

MACRA you are a joke! Listen and watch MBC just for a day and make up your minds about whether it continue to broadcast to the masses. until you close down MBC TV and Radio 1, malawians will never take you seriously in terms of your own mandate. The reason why MBC and probably other stations are acting with impunity and breaking the law everyday is because they don’t take MACRA seriously. Political parties don’t take MACRA seriously. You are very selective in imposing sanctions. You are hard on private stations and yet very lenient on the national Public Broadcaster.… Read more »

chimanga chaponda
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Macra ingolankhula za ziii. Macra is as useless as the ACB.

Omex70
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Omex70

That’s useless speech by MACRA. Why do you punish MBC which is full of boot-lickers masquerading as journalists?

Phwisa
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MACRA you have failed to discipline Zodiak ndiye mutsatseka ya ndani.

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