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BBC Africa Debate Faults Malawi Leader

Written by  Written by Rhodes MSONKHO Feb 16, 2017

The Mutharika administration has come under heavy criticism from participants at a BBC Africa debate for allegedly contributing to speculations on social media by the citizenry.

The debate which took place on Wednesday in Blantyre centered on how distrust of  the news is affecting African press.

It was attended by representatives of various sectors that include the faith community, private sector, media and the government.

The government was represented by Information minister Nicholas Dausi and Director of Communication at state house, Bright Molande.

It was agreed by the participants that fake news has become the order of the day due to social media.

The debate however degenerated to a media and government tussle, when some participants accused the government delegation of misinforming the President.

At the same debate representatives of the BBC applauded the Malawi leader for assenting to the long awaited Access To Information (ATI) Bill.

Media practitioners and the public have welcomed the decision stating that it is a move that will allow transparency in the country.

This comes almost two months since parliament passed the bill during its last sitting of 2016.

The legislation is among other provisions, empowering the public to demand and access any information from duty bearers including those holding various public offices. 

1 comment

  • mablogger
    Comment Link mablogger Saturday, 18 February 2017 04:18

    Honorable Dausi Should Know that Fake News is a global phenomenon. It affecting every country. Ask me personally I dont believe there's anything called FAKE News, Its just a disruptive media gain momentum in unprecedented way! Blame it all you can but you wont stop this!! either you join in the momentum or be left behind, but if you stand in the way, this snow ball effect will crush governments and businesses likewise. #fakenews

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