Malawi police charge journalists over EU team: On bail

Malawi Police have pressed charges to  journalist Golden Matonga of Nation Publications Limited and Zodiak Broadcasting Station staff Steven Zimba and Francis Chamosowa with ‘behaving in disorder manner’ contrary  to Sectuon 26 of the Aviation Act.

Matonga arrested but freed on bail

The journalists were arrested on Wednesday at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwed  for taking and trying  to take, photographs  at the airport’s Very Important Persons (VIP) section as European Union (EU) Election Observer Mission (EOM) delegation arrived in the country.

The mission was due to present its final report on the disputed May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections  but after intense resistance from some quarters  they have shelded the release.

Police held the journalists in a  cell within the airport for about an hour and a half and later released them on bail.

The journalists will appear in court on January 18 to answer the charges.

Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi chapter chairperson Tereza Ndanga  said the body is “worried” that authorities continue to “treat journalism as a crime.”

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Kaitano
Kaitano
1 year ago

We are tired of these stupid police people who works for DPP and not for people

Wiza
Wiza
1 year ago

Waste of time on trivia.

APM akundiyamwa shaft 🍆👅

Rubbish! You were hiding them because Mr. Maliseche invited them to cause confusion? Well their mission has failed. Shame on you stupid police

Matcheso
1 year ago

Mwangotengapo amwenye pa Zambia pa mbvekere EU VIP ? Fotseki zanu !!

BigMan
BigMan
1 year ago

The Mutharika administration surely is the most useless of all time. When you hire cadets like Dausi, Mchacha and Mwapasa to head the police, the only result is this type of uselessness. Poloce rapists of girls in Nsundwe dont get arrested but journalists taking photos get thrown in jail.

angoni apaphata
angoni apaphata
1 year ago

Nanga bwanji a mutharika amajambulidwa ku vip konko? Kodi umbuli udzatha liti ku polisi?

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 year ago

Pathetic country.

Political commentator

nde mwati Very Important People? kodi aMalawi ndife otani….azungu akamabwera kuno amakhala very important why? nanga bwanji a MUTHALIKA amangojambulidwa chisawawa akapita ku USA or Britain? amangowajambula osawapempha and apolisisamawagwira, koma iwowa abwere kuno nkumawatcha VIP? VIP my foot

hewe
1 year ago

Andanga m mangoyikira zilizonse kumbuyo . onetsani kuti you are objective

hewe
1 year ago

imwe iti tantolankhani tofuntha, topupuluma komaso topanda ulemu. mbuli za ma janalisiti

Joni
Joni
1 year ago
Reply to  hewe

Chindele chakufikapo pala ukufuma nadi ku Hewe……….wakhozga soni Hewe na Mwanda wuwo…shame!

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