Media grouping condemns arrest of student who criticized Mutharika

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The Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Sourthen Africa(MISA) has expressed dismay with the arrest of a 19 year old Patrick Semu a student at Daeyang Luke University for critising President Peter Mutharika.

In a press release signed by chair person for the body Thom Khanje, the body expressed distress over the glowing intolerance of free speech in the country.

Thom Khanje

Khanje: Against the arrest.

The media body has called upon the government to stay out of the developments that tarnishing the image of his government.

MISA states that it understands that the 19 year old spent 36 hours in police custody and it has condemned what the police has done.

However it further said that in 2016 another similar incident occurred where by Alinafe Paulo aged 60 from T/A Nsamala in Balaka district was sentenced to three months imprisonment with hard labor or 3,000 kwacha for allegedly insulting the president.

The statement further said that MISA aims at defending media freedom and the rights of every citizen and Misa see the arrests as a threat to democracy.

It further indicated that section 35 of the Malawi constitution gives everyone the right to freedom of expression and people should not be arrested for exercising their constitutional right.

According to the statement criticism lead to a health government and MISA expects the Democratic Progressive Party regime to be progressive and tolerant found on pillars of democratic principles.

The media body has therefore asked government to respect principles of democracy and respect human rights including right to free speech.

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  1. Musova azikumangani choncho anthu opanda uzimu inu….President ali yense kumunyoza wabwino adzakhala amako? Ndipo usatuluke zitsilu zimzako zitengepo phunziro

  2. malawians why are we going igonolant while the world z developing day and night…what kind of freedom or Democracy is this???? criticize a president nkumat freedom of speaking,,,Don’t u think kut a president is also a citizen he need respect and freedom too….even u or me munthu kukutukwana umakwiya or kukamusumila. sametime kumumumenya nzako,,,,so whom do u think mr muthalika is????? then my fellow malawians kutukwana president doesn’t mean kut mavuto atha mudziko NO. NO!!!! in. malawi we have a problem of crimatic change,and many country are in the same situations koma I dnt think they do az we do here.. (mvula ikuvuta,)let focus fOrward kut tithana. naO bwanj mavuto awa??? anyamata anzanga musalowelele zandale. coz anzathu awa Amabungwe amapindula with huge fund from donnars,,kut azisokosela ,,,,look know mwana wa xool in costody think about it,,,,!!!

  3. Let them release him other wize we stating demo,every citizen of Malawi has got rights of talk ,they don’t have more rights than us we got same

  4. Dziko ndi lokondera……….
    Ndalama zimapita kwa ndalama kale…………..
    Dziko ndi lonyenga…………
    Chikondi ndi ndalama………..
    Wolemera azingolemerabe………..
    Wosauka azingosaukirabe………..

    Mr Ibu
    Aona bwanji Kuti kuli njala…
    Munthu daily akudya ndi ku phwitsa….

    T.B. J

    Ngati kuli kotheka ndimapepha nawo kuti masiku anyamata wathuyu achuluka kwambiri nde muchepetseko… Misozi yachuluka m’masomu ikufunika kupungura….

    A gwanya a boma

    Mudakagona mutizimbudzi tanu tomweti…
    Simudzachita bwino mpaka kalekale…

  5. As a patriotic Individual i say its unwelcome and unmalawian to arrest a person simply because has spoken his mind As one of malawians amene tili ochuluka komanso ndamene tikumva kuwawa ndi kusokonekera kwa zinthu i can see nothing to smile about,unlike others who are happy with this arrest,i tell you BECAREFUL Malawi akakwiya u’ll get involved….actually this will cost your life

  6. As a patriotic Individual i say its unwelcome and unmalawian to arrest a person simply because has spoken his mind As one of malawians amene tili ochuluka komanso ndamene tikumva kuwawa ndi kusokonekera kwa zinthu i can see nothing to smile about,unlike others who are happy with this arrest,i tell you BECAREFUL Malawi akakwiya u’ll get involved….actually this will cost your life

  7. Nthawi ya Bingu amabungwe a zamaufuluwa ankati Shoot to kill siyabwino kwa okuba and Bingu amafunsa kuti obeledwa alibe ufulu koma okuba? Lero akamati Munthu ali ndi ufulu onyoza kutukwana, kuopsyeza President mukutanthauza chani amabungwe inu? Tanditanthauzileni bwinobwino ufulu ulibe malire?

  8. Idon’t think here in Malawi we hav journalists coz o of dem r politicians,Dey don’t knw there work,o they knw is 2 critisise & reporting fake stories

  9. Chokani agalu anu nthawi ija mumati MCP imampha ufulu wa anthu kungotchula kamuzu ndikumangidwa sono lero ndi MCP ali ndi nzeru ndani?. Tili munyengo ya Democracy anthu ayankhule tinayifuna democracy tokha a Malawi. Zomangani ayi

  10. Critising president cannot solve prblms Malawi as a Nation is facing if dat young man is wisee enough was suppose 2 giv solution 2 da president not 2 critisise him,so he deserve 2 b arrested so dat he must learn 2 respect president

  11. kodi ameneyu at chani, ndikubwerezanso ngati amamanga amange ine tione. Kodi saziwa kuti nyumba mukakhala njala bvuto ndi bambo . Mbuzi ya munthu

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  13. R we going back to kamuzu’s time? What is it that we should keep silent when somebody is not doing well..tizalamkhula mkulamkhulabe mpaka mpaka anthu oipa inu mutasintha machitidwe anu.. U r going to mic my vote when tym came.

  14. Masten inde munalekerera cashgate,kma izi ndie zitimpha tonse ndinthu.si inu amene mumanyoza masten kut lock munamuwona nadyibwa?ng’ombe yayikadzi singakoke ngolo,kuyenda ngat bankha.lero mwana wamtotani?inu mukamangidwa?DPPDemocracy killer indeed.

  15. ufulu umene mumau ona ndiwa mathanyura basi…nanga si inunso mumapanga zomwezo…ma gay mukuti ndi ufulu wawo…munthu onena chilungamo…mukumumanga…kudana ndi choonadi….mudzafa imfa yowawa…….idiots

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    • now u can c y Malawi do not prosper…instead of creating ur point u r busy crising my point. y opposing always. So is SA Malawi? in England pple gets arrested with racism comments on social media..what about in publics. if u want to change things then change constitution that an insuilt shouldnt be a crime not making senseless noise

  16. Inu atola nkhani inu siyani kumapanga zinthu zokondera, kodi ndibwino tizinyoza kapena kumatukwana munthu chifukwa wavala makaka achipani chomwe iwe suchikonda? Kodi wotukwanidwa alibe ufulu koma wotukwanayo ndiye ufulu wake ngoposa? Khalani ndi chikondi atolankhani

  17. Mr. Chaponda, which police are u referring to. They operate with impunity, I think its so sad, that baby could be an accountant or Surgeon, please people, help the young man out, you or your child will be the next one tomoro. Remember our history, its full of mayhem for those who lost family.