Media disappointed with Mutharika: urge MPs to reject ATI Bill

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Media organizations in the country have urged Members of Parliament (MPs) to reject the current version of the Access to Information (ATI) bill if tabled in the national Assembly, saying the proposed legislation has been adulterated.

The ATI Bill has been at the centre of controversy after the President Peter Mutharika administration said it will only table the bill in Parliament once it makes changes to it. Government made the amendments and is expected to table the bill in the current sitting of Parliament.

However, in a statement, Media Council of Malawi (MCM) and Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi)  says the changes government has made to the bill are aimed at promoting secrecy, which defeats the principles of the proposed law.

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More significantly, the two organizations are against government’s decision to give an individual minister too much power to decide a number of key areas in the course of enforcing the bill if passed by Parliament.

Among others, the minister has the power to determine fees payable for processing requests for information and to determine the kind of information that can be disclosed, decisions the two bodies believe “should never be left to the dictates and whims of an individual.”

According to the statement, government has removed a provision that guaranteed protection for individuals who release information on wrong doing and another one which provided for invalidity of laws inconsistent with the provisions of the ATI legislation such as the Official Secrets Act.

The two bodies believe the removal of the two provisions “promote fear of reprisals by those who reveal wrong doing” and “defeat the essence of the right to information.”

MISA-Malawi and MCM have since called on government to reconsider its position on the amendments before tabling the bill in Parliament.

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  5. Kodi bwampini ameneyu akuziona ngati ndani ku Malawi kuno? Does he and his gangstars know that his days are outnumbering? Kodi upulofesa wa mathanyula malamulo oyendetsera dziko zikugwirizana? bwanji osangomkapiza madzi amoto?

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  7. Ndkanakhala Peter mutharika i would resign cos nobody is talkn gud of hm,ndkanakhala Saulos chilima i wud hv advsed my mate dat u r lossng moralle & u r destroyng party’s future pliz step down.

  8. Tiyeni tivomeleze kuti Peter ndi madala okankha ndi folk lift amaganiza mwakuya president wathuyu Mulungu amutsogolele ndi kumpatsa moyo wautali mpaka tidzavoteleso 2019

  9. Eish uyu ativuta eti ?bt idont blame him frankly we have to blame ourselves for making our fingers dirty traveling 200miles to vote for astranger.oooooooooo shame on us

  10. Even if it wil pass wat gonna happen?and media i dont see ur role in de country cuz u critise everything as if u dont know ur duty either.so if u insist dat peter has disapoint u ,yes he must and its de first tym cuz ur idiots.

  11. I don’t know so much about Kamuzu cos I was young bt I think if dpp ruled malawi in one party system they would have been the worst evil party to abuse malawians compared to mcp cos in multiparty you behave like that what about if it was one party system mukanapanga Dam la Acid kumatiponyapo #Peter Muntharika is the most cruel president malawi has ever had I believe you are the one who ill advised Bingu cos in his first term he was Marvelous bt second term after you came from USA Bingu completely changed I can see the reason why Bingu changed in his second term

  12. Ngos, Political Activists, Commentetors, International organisation and other well educated people were on front to blame and force Mutharika to allow that bill to pass. Why today ngos campaning the mps not to pass the law?

  13. this is subotage to our chance at trancepalency….should not be toraleted,should not be accepted…for once mps,represent the people & deny such.

  14. He ain’t a professor of everything zinthuzi enanso akadaulo anakhala nazo pansi. Don’t run away from dis important bill ivomerezedwe bas

  15. Thats why they debate and ammend as appropriate. MPs are not being asked to rubber stamp. They should stop being lazy, study it and constructively debate.