Sidik Mia rebukes MBC’s ethical neglect

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Vice President, Sidik Mia, has asked taxpayer funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) journalists to reflect on their professionalism as the country is celebrating the 54th year of self-rule.

MCP vice president Sidik Mia and his wife Abida: Independence Day message

MBC journalists Simeon Shumba and Rhodes Msokho hoisting DPP flag

Mia said despite having some progress in some areas like in infrastructure, the country is still facing challenges that outweigh what has been achieved since the country attained its independence.

The formr Cabinet minister cited abuse of the state broadcaster- MBC- by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) where journalists have been completely dressed the party’s cloth.

He said it is retrogressive for what we call the fourth arm of government to have journalists who spend sleepless nights thinking about what insults to spit at the opposition parties, MCP in particular.

“Since our party, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), brought independence in our country as led by the father and founder of our nation, Ngwazi Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda to the present time, it would be unfair and crime against truth to say that the country has achieved nothing,” said Mia.

“At least there is something to smile at. There is some progress in road infrastructure in the country, among other achievements we have achieved. Truth be told, all governments after independence have done a fair job in as far as improving our road network is concerned. This is commendable and we need to part ourselves on the back for this. Not all is lost,” he added.

He, however, agreed with the citizens who say that there is nothing to smile about on this day, arguing their point makes more sense if we look back with clarity and objectivity at the real trajectories in our social, economic and political life.

“Well, let’s examine one last thing we cannot smile about and this is the thing which has touched my heart to make this post. That’s the lack of media ethics and professionalism which has rocked our state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).

“As we all know, MBC is a public broadcaster. The workers therein are paid by our tax payers’ money as they are mandated to work for the good of the general public. The broadcaster run on government pulse. As such, Malawians expect non-partisan as they execute their duties.  To be impartial in their operation, it’s not a choice but an obligation.

However, under DPP regime, this is not the case. Few MBC workers have voluntarily decided to throw their professionalism and reputation to the dogs. They proclaim and identify themselves as ruling DPP cadets and so they show this character in their words and conduct,” said Mia.

Mia’s stand comes few days after MBC journalists were seen taking a selfie while admiring the DPP flag at the party’s elective convention.

The ruling party is also using Hope Chisanu, who is duly employed by MBC, as master of ceremonies and the journalist divert from his duty several times in his attempt to please the leadership.

Alternatively, Mia said MCP, once ushered into government, will flush-out all partisan journalists at the state broadcaster.

“Those who will be showing signs to be MCP zealots will also be flushed out.  We want complete independence and impartiality of MBC and we will not settle for anything short of that. If we want a master of ceremonies for a political party, we better have a party official than to destroy the career of a professional journalist by forcing them to shout party slogans and attack our opponents,” he said.

“So as we celebrate this independence, my free and unsolicited advice to you members in the media fraternity across the board is that you should safeguard your professionalism, reputation and credibility and never allow politicians to use and abuse you. If you allow to be used and abused for a politician’s short gains, you will find yourself not competitive in the long run as the industry captains will be at pain to give you a job,” advised Mia and concluded saying “I have no doubt in my mind or fear in my heart that we can do what is required to make our public institutions vibrant and serve the nation’s interests.”

 

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winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

Malawians,take my words.The things as they are,MCP has gone to ARABIA.You look carefully and administratively,you will find that,Chakwera is just a figure head after being fed with PETROL-DOLLAS by clandestine representative S.MIA.Believe you me,Chakwera has put our country on SALE!!!! Where did he get the funds that made him to build his BANGALOW in Lilongwe which costs him morethan MK500million in a short spell of time in his Presidency of MCP? Right now you can see an Arab with strong handle on the MCP leadership,while the President Chakwera looks on disorderly jumble.Malawians you must act now and fastly to limit… Read more »

mtete
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We are talking about MBC whose existence depends on tax payers money, not DPP’s. Times TV is private and not for APM or DPP. Reporters there are real professionals.

winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

MIA AND YOUR WIFE,packup and go from where you came from,Malawi is our land and you have Arabia to deal with.Malawians,why do you let an ARAB foreigner to interfere with our affairs? Where was he when we were fighting against colonialists and imperialism?Malawians,why are you so damn?I have been in their countries,we (BLACKS) Africans,are treated like dogs in their countries,whites are better than Arabs when it comes to evidenciary creteria.Awhite can make friends with Africans in their countries,but not Arabs who see us as valueless human beings and that is why Mia has found people to fool them around.A white… Read more »

Cognitive DIssonance Theory
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Cognitive DIssonance Theory

What would happen if a doctor, a nurse, a police officer, and a soldier displace a party flag at their place of work or when they are on official duty? We know that people are free to support any political party, but MBC and its staff must appreciate the fact that MBC is for all Malawians. The behaviour of MBC as a public broadcaster in a multiparty democracy is unacceptable. I am surprised that we s the nation we have allowed it to behave this way. I ask CSO to organise a protest against MBC.

Maunits
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Maunits

On point Mia

Heavy-duty
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Heavy-duty

Paja Mudali komwekotu inu a Mia why did you not do that that time. This is laughable indeed. Komanso kodi inu paja kwanu ndi kuti?

PHIRI
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PHIRI

MCP president Sadik Mia. Chakwera is just a follower.

Joseph
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Umbuli ndiye umenewu!

Cholima
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Cholima

You are right. No wonder he has a sole wesite that asks people to be donating money to hi Malawi Crocodile Party.

Chimzimu Chonyasa
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True true true

Cogito Ergo Sum
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Cogito Ergo Sum

I agree completely.

Tibamtunganya
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Tibamtunganya

Inu yanu ndi times tv

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