Malawi govt. asked to protect the Media on Mutharika’s arrival

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The Media Council of Malawi has asked government to ensure maximum protection for journalists who will be at Kamuzu International Airport during the arrival of President Peter Mutharika from United States of America.

Amid overstaying of Mutharika in USA, local mdia houses had to counter argue with government and according to Media Council of Malawi this can trigger negative attitudes of government towards local media houses.

Peter Mutharika

Peter Mutharika: returns today.

According to the statement, over the past two weeks the general public, perhaps led and fueled by the media, expressed concern on information blackout regarding the State President’s prolonged stay in the United States where he went to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The statement added that some of those that expressed concern or spoke on the matter argued that the extra costs government was incurring to maintain the president’s continued stay in the United States would hurt more the already fragile economy.

“Rumors were also rife in the social media and in other forums that the president was probably feeling unwell, hence the information blackout. This naturally raised concern and unnecessary anxiety among well-meaning Malawians,” reads part of the statement signed by MCM Executive Director Vales Machila.

“Government did not help matters by not coming clear on the issue (when the need arose) to give immediate response and also to clarify the position on these rumors, ” the statement added.

MCM has since appealed to the police and those arranging the program for the President’s arrival and welcome at the airport to ensure that the media is given adequate protection at the airport.

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“It is obvious that some of the stories carried by the media may not have been pleasing to some sections of the general public, who may want to get even against those concerned,” reads the statement.

“The airport, during the state president’s arrival, provides such opportunity for the aggrieved zealots Of course, immediately he alights from the aircraft, we expect the president to make brief statement to the nation about his visit,” added the statement.

Media Council of Malawi is however expecting that the president is to meet the press and answer their questions in an enclosed room away from party zealots.

Mutharika is expected to land at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe this afternoon.

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  1. Malawi 24 munayamba kale kupanga post zin2 zopanda nzeru ,, dzulo mwapanga post kuti President akufuna kumwalilira ku ndata, kodi Presidentyo anakuimbirani phn????? thats wat we call ballocks

  2. chobisira kuti munthu akudwala ndichani? everybody at some stage will get sick. is he not a human being that he can not get sick? why not letting us the truth that he is sick? why should Journalist stay away? that’s not democracy.

  3. Are we back to old days?nothing to scared of inu atolankhani pitani mwa unyinji ndikuwuza mtundu wa a malawi zomwe mwamva ndikuona kumbukilani kuti malawi is for malawian

  4. inunso a media council of malawi advise your subjects to write stories with substantive evidence.asamalembe zinthu zoti angomumva wina akunena.train them to be investigative journalists.prepare your house first!

  5. STUPID MINDS…. MWAYAMBA KUOPA? ITHINK ALL PRIVATE RADIOS, ONLINE AND PRINT MEDIA ARE RUN BY INSANE, MAD AND STUPID PPLE…. Bwanji manyazi,, u said he is dead, and today u want security for u to cover his arrival. Kkkkk. By the way u want to cover the arrival of his remains or a live president….????? … … INU OFUNIKA KUKUTHIBULANI NDITHU………

  6. Aaaa! As Media Malawi please do as you know that is uwa job,dont be afraid.akufuna asanene komwe anakabisa ndalama zomwe anaba mkulu wake uja

  7. Mutharika government Shame on you! why intimidating your nation who voted for u?
    WHY DONT U JUST ALLOW THE JOURNALISTS DO THEIR WORK? DEAD, SICK OR ALIVE DO U THINK U WIL HIDE 4EVER!
    WE NEED OUR PRESIDENT TO SPEAK TO US!
    HE IS USING PUBLIC FUNDS!
    U CALL YOUR PARTY DEMOCRATIC PROGRESV PARY BUT LISTEN IGNORANT PhD HOLDERS!!
    BRAND UR PARTY
    DICTATORSHIP PROGRESIVE PARTY. THAT SOUNDS BETTER!
    MUTHARIKA WHY CANT U SPEAK TO YOUR PIPO AMID THE GOSSIP THAT U R DEAD? HOWEVER YOUR EXCELLENCY WELCOME BACK HOME…
    BLACKOUT, IS OUR ORDER OF THE DAY!
    6000000 AT RISK WTH HUNGER, JOBLESSNESS HITING THE GRADUATES WHILE U WERE ENJOYING CHICKEN IN USA,
    WELCOME HOME MR PRESIDENT!

  8. kodi watani lero lokhalokha kuti abisale kumtundu wa a malawi, ndipo nditsogolelinji angabisalile anthu ake? anthu bwana afuna akuoneni osati zowathawa anthuzi ai ngati palizolankhula alankhulekoni pang‘ono chabe adziwe kuti inu mulipo

  9. Its a democrancy country you jounalist do your job coz whtever they can do with you knw that theyll never run away with the entre world is watching

  10. Ma repoter ena mmadyerekexa nkhani ndiye ngati abomawo atero kt adxachita kukuitanani kunsonkhano wanu,ndiye mukufuna mupitire makani?democrancy muitenge bwino akakakuphani ndi chikwanje democrancyo muisiya iliphe inu wakumasano mabanja anu mbuyomu mavuto okhaokha

  11. Our cobs show them today….
    These journalist has been underestimating you..that you’re not good enough @ your job
    There4…. pliz break there cameras nicely, & kick there Ass.
    remember u have got a rights to do so.
    Hahaha,!!!! KIA will be the suplex city 2 day.
    wish if I would b there.

  12. Peter Mtharika, why you and your government intimidating Malwawians? This z not your country it’s Malawians country don’t be dictating n take this nation back to usamunda maan. Do not ever think that we Malwawians will be tired n feared of you n it oppressive government we’ll fight until the truth is heard. You didn’t just jump to be where you’re know that it’s those people’s vote who put you there. We employ you n we have the right to ask you whatever we feel as you didn’t report to the nation why you’ll be away for so long

  13. Let’s wish our fellow malawians well always, why triumphing over death instead of life, are we cursed ‘love is growing cold really, wactout your tongues, do not join them, he is alive ”’let love lead in our nation, we are one ”

  14. It’s a democratic country, you journalist do your job bcz whatever they can do with you knw that they’ll never run away with it. The entire world is watching

  15. Ndiye mwati ndondomeko yomulandilira mtsogoleri wathu wadziko inasintha? Atolankhani asamapiteko kapena ulendo uwu okha asapezeko koma winawo atha kuzapezeka?

  16. There is nothing to fear if you are innocent and only doing your work. But if you want to fight innocent people, the story will be different. They gonna fight back. And never say they are bad!

  17. Dicktatership.ndiye ndizidikirabe pa airport pano?kapena ndivaye kaye ku stedium ndikaonele mpira wa nyerere koma After kumeneko ndilipano kuzawachingamila olemekezeka atolakhani bwerani inuso munawavoteraso abwanawo wina asakuwopsyeni ngati anavota ekha mithulo eti mukufuna zatenga abwanazo mudye nokha

    • Aaaah atsogoleri kulakwatu uk
      u… tax ija mwaila kale? Ntsogoleri yu ngwatonse tikuenera kudziwa chinavuta mchani ndiyekhayo angafotokoze zomveka pa zonse tamkhala tikumva basi..

    • U r ryt Felix Njoloma…. They reports baised and unchecked stories about the President always.. They call the Police unprofessional… so y do they need the protection from unprofessional Cops.? They told us the President is dead, y cant they just cover his funeral service than trying to get a photo of Him.

    • Godwin u r the one who is ignorant cause u dont see that Malawis media houses luck moral standards, quality and most importantly Ethics of Journalism.. (Am sorry to break ur eggs nothing personal here)

  18. Bola asatibweretsere mbale wake wa peter nkhope zawozi 2 mnts ina yake zimazabalalisa why so much securty private jornalsts are da ones that cn tel us da truth on hs arrval!!

  19. Ine monga wakumudzi ndadya amphonda anga(mango ophika) nanga si ufa ndilibe, ndili phee pa nthuzi kawailesi kanga pambalipa nditakaluzira chimtolo cha mabatire 24,cholinga ndimve zoona zokhazokha lero osato mawa ai….eeeeyyyyeeetuuu

  20. Who gonna protect them? And why?mmalemba zopusa ndiye lero mukufunako chiyani ku KIA ?tithana nanu amene mmati wamwalirayo asanalowe mmanda muyamba ndi inuyo ndipo musabwereko sitikukusowani mwamva

  21. Koma abweradi?ndipo abwera wamiyo?ndipo ngati ali wa moyo bwanji akukaniza atolankhani?zaoonetseratu kuti anthu sakumufuna munthuyu.

  22. But some few days ago we were told that our president will arive at KIA in the morning 9:00 on sunday 16th october, but up to nw our president isn’t yet, this is almost the half day of 16th october!