Malawi media increases civic education on Information Bill

Media bodies in Malawi have bombarded both print and electronic media with advertisements and jingles sensitizing persuading citizens on the need to have Access to Information law, a bone of contention between scribes and the government.

Kazako in pursuasive poet
Kazako in pursuasive poet

In one of the electronic media advertisement, veteran broadcaster and poet Gospel Kazako asks people to demand Access to Information law from their respective members of parliament.

Kazako tells people to be persuasive in their demand for the law saying it is their right.

“We are where we are, the country is facing huge economic problems because of lack of this law. When your MP says no find out why,” said part of the persuasive advertisement.

There are also jingles on the same played in most radio stations except state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).

Chairman of Media Institute for Southern Africa(MISA-Malawi chapter) Thom Khanje told a radio station a few weeks ago that the media body would step up sensitization to the people on the need to have the law.

Government has failed to table the bill in parliament despite several assurances from President Peter Mutharika, Information minister Jappie Mhango and Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu.

Misa-Malawi has complained that the bill as gazetted has been highly butchered and doctored that if passed, it will be punishing those seeking information with a hefty fine.

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6 years ago

akukani Access to Information Bill chifukwa chani? ndie kuti akudziwa ikapangidwa pass mu parliament, adzayaluka chifukwa cha cashgate ya 570 billion ija ndie kuti idzawaika poyera kuti anasolola ndi iwo osati JB. Ife tatopa nkutibera and we demand that government should take the undoctored Access to Information Bill to parliament and have it passed into a law. Kodi mesa munkatiuza kuti tikakuvoterani mudzapanga pass bill yi? ndie lero chikuvuta ndichani kuti mukwaniritse malonjezo anu?

citizen okwiya
citizen okwiya
6 years ago

Good move,anthu adziwe zoona zake

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