Mutharika disappoints Malawi media fraternity

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The Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has expressed its concern on the remarks made by President Peter Mutharika against the media during a press conference he conducted to address the public on his trip to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States of America.

The media body was reacting to Mutharika’s outbursts at the press conference where he described the media in Malawi as “irresponsible” and “agents of the opposition” after they questioned the president’s trip to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

The media criticized Mutharika over his decision to take a bloated entourage and to hire a private jet amidst the economic woes that Malawians are going through.

Thom Khanje

Khanje: Media is disappointing.

In a statement signed by MISA Malawi Chairperson Thom Khanje, the media body faulted the president for attacking journalists saying the media has a duty to report on matters of national importance.

“We find the remarks by the President and his press secretary retrogressive and a threat to media freedom and freedom of expression. We are surprised that the president decided to target the media with unreasonable attacks instead of responding to the issues at hand and providing information Malawians are looking for regarding the trip to the UNGA,” reads part of the statement.

Misa Malawi also said the president’s trip to the UNGA was funded by tax-payers and Malawians have every right to know how their money is being spent by those charged with the responsibility of managing the resources.

“We appeal to the State President to always be transparent and accountable as he discharges his duties. He should also respect the role of the media in providing checks and balances on his government,” said MISA Malawi in the statement.

*Additional reporting by McMillan Mhone.

 

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  1. its high time misa malawi and zbs’s adminstrations should look unto there governing ideologies!we have been told lies,uhave aproved this death whistle brower to be the best media house on the land yes becoz it can tell lies to its best!ican even read the face of you misa malawis top boss that your mouth has non to say of all these nasty behaviors of NGO’s and so called CSTU’s.well as malawians we want to let you know that we r jst tired of thiese shits from you two!mutharika disappoints media fraternity how?you think the president should bow down to silly questions of telleza ndanga that’s when you would say it is well?jst know that malawians know very well what’s going on in this land of ours and not you #zbs or #misa can bring in change here no!you have received hands of applause from bruts who hve none to offer to the nation than damaging goverments reputation to foreign investors and donors!where would this type of nastuy being of idiots take malawi to?eee the president is using a chattered jet mumafuna akwele tsache mudziti ndi nfiti sichoncho?ayi we are tired of this chonde ngati mulibe nkhani zoulutsa tsekani timawailesi tanu tonamato tinvele zina!take a look at #capital radio!why cnt you emmulate that?ee peter ee dpp ee panayenda panati aah amatelo?tamachitani manyazi athakati inu ndimitima yanu yasanje ndikadukayo!tamuikeni malawi pa map ndi mbili yabwino osati kulimbikitsa tsankho ndikaduka motelo!

  2. I first became in love with media for both local and international news mid 70s, when I was at Mchinji mission primary school. Mr Joseph, our class teacher brought a “Breaking news:in our class. It was about expulsion of Hon John Msonthi from MCP and cabinet. Secondly, it was in 1983, Another breaking news about assassination of three cabinet ministers and a Member of parliament on 17th May. It was news the whole world. I started hunting for balanced and detailed information from morning to evening. I tuned in from one radio station to another. BBC, Radio Moscow, VOA, Radio France international English service, radio Zambia, radio RSA….It was about well balanced news, expertise, professionalism and unbiased reporting, That is what I believe of media since then. And I have had chosen BBC finally as my favorite media house, CNN, Al Jazeera English of late. I have followed Network Africa, Focus on Africa since 1979. When Samora was killed in 1986 on 19 October, I was not at home. I was attending a workshop in Nathenje, Lilongwe. I told my wife then to record all BBC Focus on Africa programs from 19-till I was back from Seminar. Thist is about media that follows and updates news professionally. Without hate, bias, violence, favour and falsehood. I am in favour of that media house.

  3. atola khani akumalawi zangokhala ngati sanipite ku xool mutha chocho mukalimbana ndiboma ndichifukwa chani aphungu akamafuna ndalama zambiri simulakhula.kkkkk mwatipangitsa manyazi muzingolemba zosaveka ndimayesa ndinu atsogoleri ha ndinuso……….sha

  4. kodi amene akudana ndi media chifukwa chake ndichani?.asiyeni agwire ntchito yawo yoziwitsa anthu zamomwe mukubela ndalama zamisonkho yawo.chilungamo chizidziwika basi.

  5. Tazisiyeni man mbuzi zomwe zikuzitenga ngati ndizophunzirazi,zisachulukire nzeru pa inu. Pajatu tisamaiwale pali mbuli zina zophunzira, ndaonera Pitala Bwampini Muthakati @Chimuemue Odala.

  6. Amalawi ambiri simumalidziwa dziko lanu, ena amangoti tonse apakati mpaka kumwera ‘Achewa’ yet mtundu uwu ndi umodzi mwa mitundu almost 8 yomwe ili ma delawa, Dziwani lero kuti Chichewa ndi chilankhulo osati mtundu wa anthu chilibe mwini. hope mwandimva

  7. Kunena kunena amwene(kk).stop blaming media,and concetrate on matters of malawians..ngati mukupanga mbora ndu u thnk azikuikiran kumbuyo??f u check MBC 2 day o u wl hear z community colleges n chitipa road,wy nt tokin of other things!?cz akuziwa kut boma ili lakwanixa zokhazo bas(shame),which z a sighn of running out of planns.nde mukufuna ma pvt media azikhaliraso zimenezo?b serious madolo,last week minister of info anali pa ZBS,zonena zake zongooneseratu kut anthuwa sakuziwa chochita alibe ma plann,,zinthu sizikuenda and palibe kunyengerera bt kunena kunena bas(kk)..

  8. if there is worse fraternity in Malawi is misa Malawi. i have never heard any constructive issues apart from hating the President. zero out ten.misa always see government fault shall we say all is well with Malawi media? there is a lot with misa .i have never heard them attack opposition, cso,ngo,even media houses that shows that this thing called misa work on political not free journalist

  9. In my think tank also loaded with views that journalist ….are also stupid….becoz if u are genius why can’t you boycott the press conference?? Indeed you deserve it

  10. Amene akudana ndi media council/ ZBS ndi akuba. Akufuna tikamvere kwa ndan? Nanga bwanji sananenepo za CNN poti nayonso ili ndi all info and list ya anthu omwe anapita ku UN, hau much money spent, kkkkk. Mukuphunzitsa anthu while you dont hav plan to teach de, hau dey are going to…….. After xool. Nanga ma technica college dzalembe mzake ndan poti APM being abillionaire sanalembepo anthu iyeyo personally ndie tidziwa banji kuti ukakhala ndi ndalama uzilemba anzako job iye walemba angti poti anthu ambiri akutholo, mulanje, mangochi, machinga, zomba,chiladzulo, ” ayao +alome” amangolima fodya ndi kuthyola tea komanso kupala rubber kwathuku.kkkkkk MCP imalemba anthu ntchito. Nanga manurses mutani nao, unima ndie yalakwa kale secondary xool nanji! Kkkkkkk kaya musova

  11. How come u are disappointed now ….do you follow the present business and how the midia houses report their news.Is it new to see the headlines differ from the story?What do u do after noticing this?Is it new to see the whole story full of errors and not even punctuated ……wake up misa mw and see the otherside of the story …

  12. ZBS does investigative journalism,that is why they oftenly unvails gvt secrets which are always declined by the gvt and only to discover the truth later on.Nowadays we relay on journalist to be our mouth pieces as current gvts doesnt respect the veiws of opposition,NGOs etc.The best leader has to take hid of what journalists are saying because they are the ones who leave closer to the ordinary people that his or her advisors who bluffs him.

  13. Tikufuna list ya mafumu, ma kharupa miphutheya ndi a mphitha khonyeliwa onse omwe anapita ku UNGA ndi zomwe amapitila… BASI!!!!

  14. You Journalists you call yourself professional but…. I can challange you all that you are fools there’s nowhere to ask a silly questions like what you do we Malawians we need you to ask on behalf of us not for the sake of your ZODIAK and so forth stupid CAPITAL RADIO why asking the questions that has already clearly justified open and blank? we need strong and maturities in your field ok? don’t compose a question like Poem chizunguso chofoyira Malawi can not change no wonder awards you have been win are all…… fake shameless but…. full of stupid boldness !

  15. MISA Malawi is working out of guidelines to professionalism as such it is working as political parties of these 21st Century where they act basing on ignorance of some quarters of our society. The major problem is the system of education as well as which lacks critical thinking which aims at Constructivism. Malawi is going nowhere more especially as the media is the driver for all this. It understood principles of democracy negatively and also are acting negatively. No Wonder when they argue without abstract patterns of formal logic. The media in Malawi is for destruction also for negatives.

  16. I think we must learn to understand wat Mr President is saying not wat we think same of u , u can’t rule this country if u fail to rule ur family wat about country and some of u , u r very dall in ur brain so stop talking nonsense on DPP government

  17. I dont see any problem wth de media,If sumthin’wrong happen how can de media hide as if there are not concern,no,The President(Bikilon)is wrong,how can de whole village of thyolo 4over 115+18 to UNGA..Bikilon has missed the way..ZBs keep on bringing all de news_bad or good,ndinasiya kalekale kuvetsera news from MBC TV or radios coz they hide bad news of governance..Shupit Bwampini

  18. Bt I Think Ts 50-50, Media They Lack Profesionalism, And Government Is Lacking Transparency,I Remember 1 Time It Was The Same Media That Reviewd A Scandal Where Bingu Sighned A Bill B4 It Goes Through Paliament. They Are There To Stand 4 Us And To Bring The Trueth From The Capital Hill, And Yet The Capital Hill Is Not Telling Us The Trueth.Boma Ili Lidatinamiza Za Infa Ya Bingu I Doubt If They Can Tel Us The Trueth On Money Issues.

  19. Let de journalist to excise their role wthouw intimidations,poor pple depends on them to sos current info, thank u TELEZA NDANGA, & big hand 2 zbs,we r havng dirty politics in Malawi.

  20. here is the irony– media talks about you squarely its professional journalism-you talk about the media squarely its…a bashing…you are hot tempered…cant accept criticism etc….shupit!…inunso a media you are childish,sumufufuza nkhani before you start asking ur own questions..mumangoona nkhan pa internet basi u start ‘rubber’ mouthing!!…..inunso you shd learn to take criticism sqaurely!!!…

  21. Adpp Mukudana Ndchilungamo Thats Why Mukut ZBS Yayamba Ndale, No Sindale Bt Chomwe Akufuna Ndchlungamo Chioneke Keep It Up Teleza Temweka Ndanga Osamuwopa Ameney

  22. our local media does not know how to do their work professionally,we are Malawians the opposition and the rulling side but the media is dividing us into two and we start hate one another ife a mbali yolamulirafe tikumamva mumtimamungati tasenza goli lolemetsa kamba koti media always is biased

  23. SITICHEDWA KUYIWALA – By Melifa yao
    Padzana Mabanja anali kutha ati chifukwa wina anachezera panzere wogula mafuta a galimoto,
    Makono Mabanja akutha ati chifukwa wina akumachezera kotunga Madzi a pakhomo,
    Kafufuku naululula kuti Chipala chinatulutsa Amalume ankatiyang’anira nthawi yovuta mafuta,
    Mchipala chomwecho chinatulutsanso Amalume akutiyang’anira panthawi yovuta Madzi inoyi
    Tilimbe Amalawi, Mabvuto akadali, ntheradi anthuwa ndamodzi, angosiyana Silang’i (Slang).
    Onena nkumanena, Amalawi sachedwa kuyiwala!

    Tsano yatentha nkhani ya UNGA, mosasiyana ndi kutentha kwaku Jahena,
    Koma yayi, Mapulezidenti athu, ku UNGA ndiye kokaziziritsira kummero,
    Enawa kuwadzudzula kuti ku UNGA mwatenga khola la Mbuzi latunthu
    Iwo akubweza mokumbutsa, amvekere enanu padzana mmatengera makola a Nkhuku ku UNGA komweko,
    Nkhuku zake nazonso, Misoti yokhayokha, a Tambala makamaka akuda ali phee kulera wana pa Nyasaland,
    Nkumapitiriza amvekere, Amalawi sachedwa kuyiwala!

    Tichilimike posunga bwino nkhani zochitika Masiku ano,
    Zidzukulu zathu zisazawaphonye za a katswiri a amasiku ano,
    Palitu akatswiri oyenda mmalere,
    Palinsotu madolo ena akafuna kutsuka nkamwa ndiye kuti apanga kapinyolo,
    Pakuti iwo wawo, ndi ukadaulo wopanga ‘Chenji Golo’ ndalama za boma nkukhala zawo
    Nkhawa ili bii kuti angakhale mmodzimodzi manja awo ayamba kuvala maloko,
    Akuwerengera kuti posakhalitsa sikisi julaye izawatulutsa,
    Pakuti Amalawi sachedwa kuyiwala!

    Wati Zii Mpira wa Ntchemberembaye, pamene wina akunyadira kuti waja ankati ndichoke aja pano andiyiwala.
    Zisankho zayandikira za woyang’anira mpira wa miyendo, inde matchona akumati mpira wamapazi,
    Achulukirenji wofuna kuyang’anira, a Samvamgugu nkati okakamira mopanda Manyazi
    Tawafunsani za ndondomeko za makobidi mmene akhala akuyendera, amayankha thima lili zii,
    Ali ngati wafunsayo ndimmalawi, osandaula, sachedwakuyawala.

    SITICHEDWA KUYIWALA – By Melifa yao
    Padzana Mabanja anali kutha ati chifukwa wina anachezera panzere wogula mafuta a galimoto,
    Makono Mabanja akutha ati chifukwa wina akumachezera kotunga Madzi a pakhomo,
    Kafufuku naululula kuti Chipala chinatulutsa Amalume ankatiyang’anira nthawi yovuta mafuta,
    Mchipala chomwecho chinatulutsanso Amalume akutiyang’anira panthawi yovuta Madzi inoyi
    Tilimbe Amalawi, Mabvuto akadali, ntheradi anthuwa ndamodzi, angosiyana Silang’i (Slang).
    Onena nkumanena, Amalawi sachedwa kuyiwala!

    Tsano yatentha nkhani ya UNGA, mosasiyana ndi kutentha kwaku Jahena,
    Koma yayi, Mapulezidenti athu, ku UNGA ndiye kokaziziritsira kummero,
    Enawa kuwadzudzula kuti ku UNGA mwatenga khola la Mbuzi latunthu
    Iwo akubweza mokumbutsa, amvekere enanu padzana mmatengera makola a Nkhuku ku UNGA komweko,
    Nkhuku zake nazonso, Misoti yokhayokha, a Tambala makamaka akuda ali phee kulera wana pa Nyasaland,
    Nkumapitiriza amvekere, Amalawi sachedwa kuyiwala!

    Tichilimike posunga bwino nkhani zochitika Masiku ano,
    Zidzukulu zathu zisazawaphonye za a katswiri a amasiku ano,
    Palitu akatswiri oyenda mmalere,
    Palinsotu madolo ena akafuna kutsuka nkamwa ndiye kuti apanga kapinyolo,
    Pakuti iwo wawo, ndi ukadaulo wopanga ‘Chenji Golo’ ndalama za boma nkukhala zawo
    Nkhawa ili bii kuti angakhale mmodzimodzi manja awo ayamba kuvala maloko,
    Akuwerengera kuti posakhalitsa sikisi julaye izawatulutsa,
    Pakuti Amalawi sachedwa kuyiwala!

    Wati Zii Mpira wa Ntchemberembaye, pamene wina akunyadira kuti waja ankati ndichoke aja pano andiyiwala.
    Zisankho zayandikira za woyang’anira mpira wa miyendo, inde matchona akumati mpira wamapazi,
    Achulukirenji wofuna kuyang’anira, a Samvamgugu nkati okakamira mopanda Manyazi
    Tawafunsani za ndondomeko za makobidi mmene akhala akuyendera, amayankha thima lili zii,
    Ali ngati wafunsayo ndimmalawi, osandaula, sachedwakuyawala.