21 October 2016 Last updated at: 12:38 PM

FND joins calls for protection of journalists

Forum for National Development (FND) has added voice to calls for government to protect journalists during the press briefing President Peter Mutharika will hold today.

The organisation has described today’s briefing which is to be held at Kamuzu Palace as one of tension hence the need for journalists to be given a favorable environment.

Peter Mutharika

Peter Mutharika speaking to the media [file photo]

Mutharika’s press briefing at Kamuzu palace which will also be his first address to Malawians since returning from the United States of America where he attended the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Spokesperson for Forum for National Development Phillip Kamangira said there is need for State House to provide an environment that journalists should not fear.

“This will be a tense press conference so there is need to make sure that journalist should not fear,” said Kamangira.

However, presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalilani has assured journalists that everyone is free to ask questions, saying 40 media practitioners have shown interest to attend the press conference.

“We are ready to hold the press conference and journalists should be free to ask the president any question,” said Kalilani.

Meanwhile most Malawians are eager to hear from the president on his trip to America following speculation that he extended his stay in the US because he was sick.

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