Minister Botomani challenges MBC to provide credible information not propaganda

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mark Botobami has challenged Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to be informing the nation with credible news and not be a propaganda platform as it is now.

Minister Botomani (l) with MBC Director General Sumbuleta: Give the nation credible information that is accurate and not fake news

The minister made the call on Monday  during his familiarisation tour of MBC Television’s Kwacha offices in Blantyre.

Botomani said it is unfortunate that there is a lot of fake news on social media hence there is need for MBC as a well established public  broadcaster with reach across the country, to stand on the higher moral ground and take the leading role in providing factual and truthful information to the nation.

Currently, MBC is not a trusted news organisation despite being tax-funded as it peddles the propaganda of the state machinery and sinks low to political disinformation.

But Botomani said MBC as a national broadcaster has an obligation to provide credible and accurate information on issues of national importance.

The minister also challenged the public broadcaster to focus on its roles of educating, informing and entertaining the nation, as well as being innovative and exploring means of improving its income generation to operate efficiently.

During the tour undertaken as part of familiarization tour of establishments under his Ministry, the minister also commended MBC for serving the nation dutifully despite financial challenges.

On his part, MBC Board Chairperson, Rev Daniel Gunya, commended the minister for undertaking the visit and promised that MBC will continue discharging its duties as mandated.

In his remarks, MBC director general Aubrey Sumbuleta committed to provide fair coverage.

University of Malawi’s Chancellor College political scientist Ernest Thindwa said Malawians have lost trust in the public broadcaster and are opting for private media.

MBC has been accused of biased coverage for years.

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George
George
2 years ago

Not sure if MBC jounalism employees will ever find employment elsewhere where there is professional and ethical broadcasting. They are the Guebels of today. What a rotten media house this i. Just unfortunate that is is funded by the tax payers money.

Dolo
Dolo
2 years ago

rhetoric. Nyusensi

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
2 years ago

DPP PROPAGANDA MACHINE. WE ALL KNOW THAT. MULAKHO AND NOW MBC (DPP). TYPICAL HYPOCRITES.

Chris's Phiri
Chris's Phiri
2 years ago

Another hypocrisy

Wilson Nkwanda
Wilson Nkwanda
2 years ago
Reply to  Chris's Phiri

Rhetoric or reality?

Kapado Chimulirenji
2 years ago

Destroyer of liars you should have continued by saying no news. All that nonsense Bottoman has said is no news. Behind the doors he encouraged Sumbuleta to let MBC do what it is doing now. Who is fooling who?

Whiteboard Marker
2 years ago

I said ‘MBC – Conspiring against the nation’. Very easy to remember.

Destroyer of liars
2 years ago

Nothing has been said that we have never heard before. Nothing new , nothing different and nothing inspiring.

Mandado@147
2 years ago

Rev? Propagada feeding his pocket no concerned with ur fake minister only stupid people watch MBC! Times is my fav for local otherwise DSTV 365!!

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
2 years ago

Does the Minister need to go to Kwacha to see MBC’s biasness?

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
2 years ago
Reply to  Kanyimbi

No he knows it already

The Patriot
The Patriot
2 years ago

MBC radio and TV are big jokes! Whata waste of tax payers money! The minister is also trying to fool Malawians….he nd his DPP are the ones making MBC a toy for the ruling party. Shame on you mr botoman and your master!!

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