MBC suspends 4 over story with vulgar language

The public broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has suspended for of its news room staff  after condemnation on the use of swearwords by public broadcaster MBCtv on Monday evening.

Minister Botomani (l) with MBC Director General Sumbuleta: MBC immoral

The TV station used swearwords in its 7pm Chichewa Bulletin of Monday, May 11, 2020. In the report that was narrated by journalist Henry Haukeya, the station used a screenshot of Facebook comments with swearwords targeted at Vice President Saulos Chilima.

MBC management has since suspended  Haukeya,  Mercy Zamawa (news producers, Kondwani Chinele (news producer)  and a video editor as gate keepers, failed to detect the vulgar language.

The taxfunded MBC has apologized for the broadcast saying it was an oversight on the part of the editorial team.

But Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter chairperson Teresa Ndanga said though MBC management has apologized, iti finds the broadcast not only shameful but a serious attack on journalism and Malawi’s moral standards.

MISA Malawi has therefore urged individual journalists at MBC to rise above partisan journalism and embrace a culture of professionalism and integrity to safeguard their own career, media freedom and independence.

The institute has also asked Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) to discipline MBC and ensure the station is professional and operates according to the provisions of the Communications Act.

It further says Parliament should also take concrete steps that would guarantee non-partisan programming at MBC at all times.

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Wachiyao
Wachiyao
9 months ago

Alfred Minjo is right. DPP and UDF have them all. Only he doesn’t mean votes, he means Commissioners. BUT, you will bed shocked come 2 July. And rest assured, this date will not change despite your evil machinations.

Ambele Kwacheni Banda
Ambele Kwacheni Banda
9 months ago

Boma litasintha ZITHA BWANJI muziona mawa abale

Iantana
Iantana
9 months ago

I blame Journalist for not safeguarding their integrity levels… A Board for them like for example Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi should be elected to enforce regulation of standards otherwise aaah! The problem is foundamental and MBC is to blame yes..but will really change

DKC 2000
DKC 2000
9 months ago

I’m happy that MBC has apologized. If this had happened in the days when Akweni was Minister of information, she would have told MBC not to apologize. Instead, the program would have been repeated the whole month. Those who followed Makiyolobasi in the days of Akweni as Information Minister know what I mean. I give credit to the current Information Minister for dealing with this issue decisively. That’s the way to go

chataika
chataika
9 months ago

Zachisoni kuti mdziko lathu tagawanika. APM wakhala akutakwanidwa literally za mnsalu koma palibe ndi mmodzi yense anadzudzula zoterezi. Manganya weniweniyu pa Times TV anamutcha APM kuti nid wa chibwana cha nchombo lende kodi uwu ndi ulemu? Kodi Times inapepesa bcoz manganya used such vulgar language? Times inapangapo suspend ndani? So tiyeni tidzilikonda dziko lathu by practicing non partisan politics

Rodrick Phiri
Rodrick Phiri
9 months ago
Reply to  chataika

Diulemu koma sikutukwana. There I and difference. Big one

Zio ine
Zio ine
9 months ago

What are you afraid of.doesnt Chilima have the balls. Unless he claims he was castrated. I’m fact Chilima has very active balls because he bedded almost every pretty girl at Airtel. His marriage was on the rocks until when he was elected as vice president and this position put him on the leash. CHILIMA used to be a messenger to Rashy as he would run errands for him to his second wife and he ended up bedding Rashy second wife. As I am talking Rashy and Chilima are not in talking terms because of his undesciplined zipper. Have you noted… Read more »

Lego
9 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

What is your point here?

nyopani
9 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

were you there????

UTM
UTM
9 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

So what is your problem? It seems you are craving for his balls as well

Non-partisan
Non-partisan
9 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Nkhani zi nde zasiyanatu

Wawa
Wawa
9 months ago

Suspension is enough. Plz don’t fire them. Saulosi and his followers nawonso use vulgar lungauge. Nobody apologizes for that. They all clap hands and have fun when they call Muntharika maliseche.

Lego
9 months ago
Reply to  Wawa

They use vulgar language not on a public broadcaster

Piper
Piper
9 months ago

Don’t just punish the small fish, fire the Director.

Malawi belong to the citizens

MBC TV does not inspire the nation.It inspire the DPP leaders only.I said everything happening in government will be destroying DPP and UDF alliance.Bye bye guys,more nyekhwe for you.That is your downfall, Chilima samanama , Ndipo amaganizadi bho heavy.He was preaching peace last Sunday in Mzuzu ,true leaders that’s what they do.

COVID-VISION-2020
COVID-VISION-2020
9 months ago

Sangapite pansanja asanaledzele kachasu
Zotsatila zake kumangokhala VICE prezident wa aliyense
Adikile band ikadzagawana zida
Adzakhala state president waku North
Ndie chatsala KWA CHILIMA ko

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