Misa Malawi says media ‘still not free’ at 53 years of independence: Cedep condemns Macra for muzzling ‘Hot Current’

There is a feeling that significant changes to guarantee freedom of the press have not yet been put in place, Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter chairperson Tereza Ndanga has said.

Tereza Ndanga thankful to journalist for’voteconfidence’ as Miss Malawi chairperson .-photo by Mana

Ndanga said as Malawi is celebrating this year’s 53rd Independence Day, it should be noted that the media is still facing challenges that impinge in freedom of the press and after freedom after expression.

She said the media can do more to consolidate democracy “especially in the area of investigative reporting” which she observed there us a “serious deficiency” in that area.

Meanwhile, Centre for Development of People (Cedep) has faulted Malawi Communications Regulattory Authority (Macra) for playing double standards following the summoning of Times Television to a meeting to discuss their flagship programme ‘Hot Current’.

Macra is accusing the programme’s marverick hosts Brian Banda and George Kasakula of contravening the professional standards of broadcasting by failing to present different points of view on controversial issues during the edition which was broadcast Friday June 23 2007.

The regulator aaccused ‘Hot Current’ hosts of describing President Peter Mutharika of practising nepotism during the program.

Nyasa Times reported that  Macra Director General Godfrey Itaye stated in a latter dated 27 June 2017, that Kasakula, who is one of DPP-led government’s most acerbic critics, did not make “honest expression of opinion” when he heaped blame on the Peter Mutharika administration for the socio-economic woes facing the country.

Macra views the remarks by Kasakula that the incompetence of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led government is so telling that it can be felt, “was not made in good faith.”

The regulator also faults ‘Hot Current’ for accusing DPP administration of nepotism, corruption and arrogant.

It also accuses Times of waging “media war” when it criticised during the ‘Hot Current’ the tax-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), saying it is on the dangerous path.

Kasakula claimed MBC workers are “propping up a regime that has let down Malawians.”

But Cedep accuses Macra of a sinister attempt to continue to muzzle the press, particulary Times Media.

Hot Current program is showing brave and substantive journalistic endeavours (often at great personal risk) and discussing matters of current which are hitting headlines, taking government into task on accountability and corruption.

Kasakula is also attracting wrath of those wielding power recklessly, even criminally, with complete impunity and unaccountability as he is putting them on spot with his no holds barred critique.

The program is also shared on YouTube.

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AKANYERAMTSETERE
Guest

THE OBJECTIVES THE TWO, KASAKULA AND NYANJAIKO ARE ADVANCING CLEARLY SHOW THAT THEY DECAMPAIGN DPP AND PROMOTE THEIR MASTERS BY CHARACTER ASSASINATION,DEHUMANISING, CALLING FOR THE CITIZENRY TO PROTEST AGAINST THE REGIME AND IF POSSIBLE OUST IT. REMARKS LIKE DPP INCOMPETENCE IS SO TELLING IS NOT A REMARK BY A POLITICIAN NOT AJOURNALIST, A JOURNALIST IS NOT A JUDGE BUT CREATE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE PPL TO AIR OUT THEIR VIEWS ON PETINENT ISSUES. KASAKULA AND NYANJAIKO HAVE PERSONAL VANDETTA WITH DPP PERIOD, JUST COME TO ARENA OF POLITICS, INSHA ALLAH

MbuyaNsanjeLalanje
Guest

The Hot Current programme is very good. It is informative and objective. If you dont like it stop watching Times TV. Brian Banda and Kasakula are not campaigning or decampaining any one they just say it the way it is. If you want praise and worship for DPP then go watch Phillip Business on MBC. Be sides Times Media Group is a private entity, most Malawians rely on it.

Caswell Mtunda
Guest
While I agree with cedep n misa malawi observation. We should also appreciate the progress being made in exercising the freedom of the press at a certain extent. Not all is regtrogressive. Again, ‘hot current’, is a good program. It brings out some issues worth knowing and to be investigated, embraced and corrected. However, often times one wonders whether it is a personal vendetta or professionalism per se. It lacks the balancing factor. Or one may feel the program is there to campaign and decampain a particular regime. It is almost 100% negative on the DPP regime and it’s leadership.… Read more »
Jesus is LORD
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After a lifetime of watching media in different countries, the last thing the media will ever be is unbiased, fair, showing both sides. Media throughout the world has a horrible bias towards left-wing policies, they hate God and do all it can to mock Biblical values, they use bully tactics to silence anybody who is vocal about the right things. For example, if someone says something on Facebook and maybe 10 people saw it, the media make it a “national outcry” to vilify and destroy that person’s life because he or she has a view which disagrees with the God-hating… Read more »
Arthur Chigaru
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We can assume that those with opposing views declined to participate in the programme. Therefore the programme had to go on without them…

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