Mutharika intimidating journalists is unacceptable, Media Council of Malawi pens President

The Media Council of Malawi (MCM) has written President Peter Mutharika to protests his conduct for attempting to intimidate journalists, which the council said was unacceptable and dangerous to democracy.

Machila: Pens Mutharika
Machila: Pens Mutharika

According to the letter dated 28 October, 2016 and signed by  MCM Executive Director Vales Machila, Mutharika should know how, where and when to present his grievances he has toward a journalist or media station.

The letter says it shocked to see President Mutharika attacking journalists or media stations at the political campaign rally.

“We are asking you the President to be on forefront respecting and protecting the rights of journalists in the country. We have seen you attacking journalists or media stations in different political rallies you have been holding since you returned from America,” reads part of the letter.

“Such kind of behavior is putting the lives of journalists at threat and intimidating them. If you have problems with them or even any media station find better means and not the way you are doing,” it added.

MCM also remind the President to follow the means that it advised him concerning the media or seek knowledge from his office

Bright Molande the Director of Communications at State House confirmed the letter has been but declined to comment on the matter.

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Benyo Chibayo
5 years ago

Thus the problem with Malawian Leaders, they don’t want criticism or telling their faults, always they want praises even in areas were themselves clearly see that they have wronged…but know you leaders ( esp. you APM) that as far as we are in a democratic world we will critise whenever you fault us..the best way to progress is to accept mukalakwisa ndipo mukonze are not Saints afterall…

5 years ago

You journalists who do you think you are? You go on attacking the President left and right and yet when he tries to defend himself or respond to your false stories then you start whining. You want to say whatever you want about other people and even impinging on their rights and you expect no response or reaction? The President is human as well and he has feelings. He has his rights and that includes the right to defend himself when malicious allegations are being leveled at him. I am waiting for a day we will see the ,media council… Read more »

My Wallet is like Onion, it makes me cry when open
My Wallet is like Onion, it makes me cry when open
5 years ago

Mutayeni uyu paja amafaifa, akuchedwetsani, mwina pamene amakunyozanipo anali atafa, inu mungadziwe?

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