MISA Malawi threatens to stop covering DPP events

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By Florence Mwale

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MIS) Malawi Chapter is threatening to order its membership to stop covering events organised by the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). This follows continued intimidation of journalists during such events.

MISA Malawi has since written President Peter Mutharika to ensure the protection of journalists and press freedom. According to a statement signed by the MISA Malawi Chairperson Teresa Ndanga, the continued hostility towards journalists has pushed them to write to the President.

Ndanga notes that journalists are subjected to hostility by members and officials of the ruling DPP, the Police and some members of the public.

She therefore demands that President Mutharika should publicly denounce acts of violence, assault and intimidation of journalists by the DPP, the United Democratic Front (UDF) and government institutions.

The recent incident of intimidation occurred last Friday in Lilongwe where ZBS journalists were barred from covering a parade organised by the DPP and the UDF.

She indicates that footage from the scene shows supporters of the two parties banging a vehicle that was carrying journalists while jeering and hurling insults and threats.

This is described as one of the examples of violations of media freedom.

MISA Malawi is of the view that the actions of Mutharika’s administration may be deliberate measures to frustrate and even destroy the free and independent media in Malawi.

 

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