Malawi freedom of expression threatened: Macra bans radio phone-in programs, summons Ufulu radio for hearing

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has suspended radio phone in programs, warning the organization would not hesitate to invoke regulatory sanctions to any broadcaster that deliberately breaches the law.

Itaye: Freedom of expression gagged

Macra director general Godfrey Itaye said the broadcaster watchdog has come to this conclusion after noting the conduct of some broadcasters who, he says, indulge themselves in careless and unethical coverage of post elections events.

“The Authority would like to inform broadcasters that such broadcasts have the potential to incite masses into violence,” says the press release from Itaye.

Meanwhile, Macra has summoned Ufulu radio for a disciplinary hearing today, Friday because of Alidere program which the authority says breached the communications Act.

“The broadcast contained material likely to prejudice the safety if the Reoublic or public order and tranquility.”

Macra says if Ufulu radio management failed to turn up for the hearing, the authority will proceed to make a final determination on the matter.

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Jakison Laanje
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Jakison Laanje

Let’s face facts. I know many people wont like it, but our radio stations are full of people who have not yet gone to school. Ambiri palipano akupanga ma correspondence courses. Without control the can go berserk. Go to Rwanda and you will see how radio stations were the fist to contribute to the call for for genocide. MACRA is just doing its job.

Mkupe
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Mkupe

Has MACRA done anything on hate programmes aired on MBC which uses our taxes. Payback time for Itaye is fast approaching but he is so blind to see it.Malawians are not fools. They are watching you.

che nnungu
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So Phillip Business is one of those who hasnt gone to school? Do you know what programs are aired on you MBC?

joseph Banda
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joseph Banda

Freedom of press and freedom of speech; what a blessing for a country while in the hands of honest, patriotic men; what a curse if in the hands of designing demagogues. I THINK MALAWI’S MEDIA IS A CURSE AS THEY ARE PURELY DESIGNING DEMAGOGUES. They shout when a small thing has happen concerning the media. Malawi Media has so injured so many with impunity, but the so called their President has never shown her figure denouncing her friends. If the war comes to Malawi, they will not stop it but blaming the ruling govt. Which message do we want the… Read more »

Kalungusese
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Kalungusese

why not summon MBC for Sapita Kawili Program?

gwenenthe mwale
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gwenenthe mwale

shatapu
kodi ITAYE ukumadzitenga ngati dolo pa malawi pano
so you want to bring dictatorship in MALAWI
I hope donors are washing you

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

A ndipsi awaso osangofa bwanji matendawa akutengani liti. Clook ngati tate wako uja. Who are kutiika nkhwapa mwako?

Joloza
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Ndi udindo wa Macra kuthana ndi radio iliyo imene ikuulutsa ma programme amene atha kuyambitsa chisokonezo mu dziko. Ufulu ulinso ndi udindo. Osaiwopseza macra ayi. Nthawi ya ng’ona inatha.

Howahowa K
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Howahowa K

Itaye mwawonjeza anthu a mkwiyo akakufikirani mulimba? Ng’oma yolilitsa simachedwa kung’ambika.

#NotMyPresident
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#NotMyPresident

Itaye you can fool some people some times but you can’t fool all the people all the time. Your days are number and soon, your corrupt tendencies and your hypocrisy will be on the open for all to see.

Kholowa
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Kholowa

Gaddafi was strong and staryed like this, Omar Al- bashir untouchable started like this too, where is he? So its just time, we are closing in hour after hour we will win back our land and all crooks from the professor himself to the bandits cadets will be in prison! That is when you itaye will see how big this tiny malawi is!

UTM ref
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UTM ref

Journalsts abused tge freedom to the core