Misa Malawi challenges Macra over ban on live demos coverage

Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter has described as ambush the decision by broadcasting regulators, Macra, to ban live coverage of anti-Jane Ansah protests.

Ndanga: Faults Macra

Misa Malawi chairperson Theresa Ndanga said her organization would engage both the electronic media and Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) over the issue.

“It is very surprising and suspicious that the order has just made the order without giving notice. Their order is vague because even news is read live,” said Ndanga.

The letter, signed by Macra director general Godfrey Itaye says the order follows the promulgation of the Communications (Broadcasting) Regulations 2019 by the minster of Information and Communications Technology.

“Regulation 30 (1) of the regulations provides that no broadcaster shall conduct a live broadcast without the aid of a delay machine. Pursuant to this provision you are to hereby prohibited from carrying out any live broadcast until you are in compliance with this provision,” says Itaye.

He says the regulations became effective on June 28 2019.

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Dennis
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Whatever the case-Change is coming,slowly but surely!

Marx
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Marx

Desperate times, misfiring from all cylinders

Mbava
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Mbava

You cannot muzzle the press, that is a human rights violation and hinders on poor governance We are not a police state freedom of press is one of our liberties

Ajofia
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Ajofia

The decision is irrational.

wakalekale
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live broadcast ya DPP it’s okey Koma za ena ayi?
pumbwa wachabechabe iwe

Anti-Demos Vigilante
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Anti-Demos Vigilante

I support what MACRA has done. Malawi media houses are making political climate worse with their unbalanced, misleading and fake alternative factual commentaries. Yesterday I followed the running commentaries on a few major private radio stations and was shocked to hear most of the reporters cheating the nation that all 3 demonstrations were attended by over a million people. My fellow Malawians there is no open event venue here in Malawi that can accommodate 1 million people. The minimum area required for 1 person in a precession is 1 square metre which means 1 million people will require 1 million… Read more »

wakalekale
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why not ban stupid MBC with their stupid broadcasts?

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

itaye ka crook ngati bamboace.
mankhwala akaculuka awa amazunguza bongo.
hedeee pa aljazila bwa?? mwaonekela kale CNN. zitsilu zaanthu apumbwa.
thats how stupid the misa bosses are.

Gee
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U cadet Itaye ,u r just making bad situation to be worse now

LUSO
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LUSO

Looks like media is just watching when they are being abused by MACRA – please take them head on.

mahome
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How come media Houses are to engaging Courts and injuctions against this silly Macra Cadet?