Malawi media threaten to boycott Mutharika’s press briefings

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Malawi media houses have warned that they will shun news conferences for both the president and cabinet ministers if President Peter Mutharika continues to intimidate them.

The warning follows remarks Mutharika made in Mchinji during campaign for the November 1 by-elections where he attacked some media houses for telling Malawians that he (Mutharika) was not well when he was in the US last month.

Peter Mutharika- UN

Peter Mutharika: Faces the wrath of the media in Malawi.

But at a meeting which was organized by the country’s private media owners and managers on Monday at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre, the media gurus said President Mutharika’s intimidation to the media houses is a worrying trend with a view to limit the media space in the performance of its duty to enlighten the public on how he is governing his government.

They accused President Mutharika of championing the attacks on the media by blaming the gossiping and speculation surrounding his health on the media when Mutharika himself already took the blame because he sent his staff home from the US after the United Nations General Assembly.

The media houses and managers who attended the meeting included those from Zodiak, Capital Radio, MIJ FM, Chanco Radio/TV Station, BETA TV, Nation Publications Limited and Times Group

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  1. Siyani musamapite ndiye muone zolemba mu ma newspaper ndi mawailesi anu amabodzawo. Ndipo amene amapsepsezera za ma Press Conference ndi inuyo a media!

  2. What kind of media is this malawian media which only like to criticise everthing but always not ready to be critised,we took it from u the fake media that president is dead which was untrue,now u are denying it cos he is fighting u back u evil,u expected him to give u sweets love n smile at u after all sorts of lies u selling us the public.so if u media boycott his press comfrences whos gona loose? are u going to report any bad of him again without attending his press meetings,what u gona write then lies again from flowers? the mo u boycott his press meetings the mo his weakneses is burried in yo own sand the stronger his party ‘ll be gaining underground.

  3. Olo mutasiya palibe angakudandauleni amakutumani ndindani ?Ntchito kukhalira kuwauza anthu zamabodza bs mulibe ntchito olo mutangosiya kumene palibe angaluze mwatokhala mafuta agalimoto inuyo kuti anthu samayenda?zochita zanu zatikwana ndiye poti mwaziyambisa nokha musova.

  4. He is afraid of questions from Zodiak becouse they give him a potion of BP, he is afraid of Terreza Ndanga her questions are poisonus. Zanu izo ife bola ife tikudya bonya, zandale ayi.

  5. Enafe takhalapo ulamuliro wa atsamunda,kamuzu,Bakili,Bingu,Joyce koma na akulu awa ndi nsava n’kunkhu kapena kuti amava zawo zokha.

  6. Olo mutasiya kumene anthu opanda nzeru nd khalidwe inu. Kumangolemba zonyoza nd kuyalusa dzko lanu komanso mtsogoleri wanu. Mumatichititsa manyaz kwambiri. Mmitu mwanumo mwangozaza phonongolo zokhazokha bansi. Munthu akacta chabwino, kul zii osayamikira. Koma akangochta cholakwika ndye mphuno mmwamba alukhu inu. Mukuchedwa kusiyako, stngakudwalen. Ndnunso zchan? Makhusu otha ntchto ngat awo. Zaziiiii. mumanena zmenezo usinini uli momo koma?

  7. Some journalist are even empty headed I don’t know how they got their certificates and diplomas. They even fail to combine sentences, shame on them.

  8. the government wants you to stop indeed so that mbc should be disseminating the lies…..don’t stop please and next UNGA mudzaonetsetse mwina adzabwela alibe mutu munthu ameneyi

  9. Inu bola musiye msanga chonde pulizi…nekisiti press conference musazabwereko coz MBC imakwana kuphatikiza tima private media tonse

  10. Wat a nosense comment from dpp cadets anthu asamalembe true nde mut akulakwitsa foolish followers imagn purchasin avehcle worth milions while pipo a suffering is that bias leave de private journalist alone ife amatisangalatsa coz sabisa zinthu

  11. Then what will you fools be writing about. Idiots, your business is to write about President Muntharika… Siyani kupanga attend ma press conferences tione komwe muzipezera tima allowances!!!

  12. guys!!!!…if you like a girl you better tel her, dont wait for her to post a picture on facebook to comment, you be like, ” wow wow wow wow”,,,my brother you are not an ambulance….

  13. Am worried. So it means all these noise makers never know that APM/Government need the press more than the press need APM/Govt? Open your eyes.

  14. A mbc adzipedzekako adzitiuza zonse ife tiudandaule anthu opanda khalidwe ngati inu ntchito koma kunyodza mtsogoleri wadziko,manthu wa mamidia adzipedzekako ndie mbc

  15. Good idea from media this government is against freedom of expression bt its in our constitution thats y they r running away to pass bill of information they know it gonna revealed thair secret to people hw corrupted in their cabinet with tax money n donated money,

  16. Nkhani zopanda Mutharika komanso anthu ena aboma sidzingakome. Tiyeni naye basi koma mungowonjedzera volume mumunene mwakathithi yekha imukwana koma zomwe mukunenezo zikutanthawudza kuti mwamugonjera.

  17. Let them go! why are they failing to take critisism? they are not saints after all the president told them their sins which are straight forward, quit or go to Hell … idiots!

    • @George I will personally threat or even kill you if u dare writting that am incapasitated, dead or seriously ill without verifying with my family or my doctors. The Malawi media is wrong on this one, remember Mutharika is a president, they could have used real investigative journalism to write the truth, the seat of the presidency is wanted by many, the president has his family aswell as supporters, what the Malawian private media did by writting false stories about the president’s health status was tantamount to inciting mutiny …. anywhere in the world this unbecoming behavior can not be tolerlated. By the way International media could have helped to announce any bad news if it were true since the president was in America. Be thing u Idiots

    • To hell with your so called #ZBS,Gvt cannot seat to watch this biased reporting,if u wnt jst register your media house as a party

  18. Where will you take your stories? Does a day go without Mutharika’s news? It’s like you are telling us Nsima denies ufa. Government and Mutharika are your business

    • it makes me wonder educated gentleman like you but seem you don’t know the freedom of expression. Agree or disagree let media do their job not all media houses can be negative. be example to egnorants be civilized bra. the prolonged stay or left handed wasn’t lie

    • Hanock, what is the ignorance here? Can you see any sense in the boycott if you are intelligent? Freedom of expression is not a right. Freedom has limits. Freedom of expression is not telling lies. If you know what media means you will learn why the Hutus and Tutsis ended into a Rwandan genocide.

    • Goliat Goliat Goliat Goliat. Why so naive and so defensive in all yo comments? So u want the media to be used like condoms that u only need, when u want to have sex with someone u dont trust. When he came 4rm America he didnt want media at the airport. He want media to tell pple only story that favors him. Come on man we are in a democractic nation. Let the media inform the pple good or bad than this immdation we face day and night. I know u will have a gut to defend yoself without shame. I have been reading all yo coments in every post that talks about APM. I dont doubt that u are Dipipi Talban.

    • Goliat Goliat Goliat Goliat. Why so naive and so defensive in all yo comments? So u want the media to be used like condoms that u only need, when u want to have sex with someone u dont trust. When he came 4rm America he didnt want media at the airport. He want media to tell pple only story that favors him. Come on man we are in a democractic nation. Let the media inform the pple good or bad than this immdation we face day and night. I know u will have a gut to defend yoself without shame. I have been reading all yo coments in every post that talks about APM. I dont doubt that u are Dipipi Talban.

    • Nde bwino tione kuti muzilemba chani cx dairy mutharika this tomorrow mutharika eeeee, muzilemba/kukamba nyuzi zokhudza ulimi tione ngati anthu angamanvere/kuwerenga tima news tanuto ana opusa

    • Michael Mkandawire, You are right that we are in democratic society. However, when it comes to media no compromise on truth and integrity. I followed all the issues surrounding the health and death of the president. Did you censor the media on that? Imagine a media that confused us! From the same Malawi 24 didn’t you hear that the president was planning to jet in by midnight? was that the truth for you? Wasn’t that their opinion and assumption? Upon arrival what did you see? a dead mutharika? I write not to defend but as a malawian. I also feel bad when I see a sensitive matter like president’s health being riddled as the media did! Am not Dipipi but am Malawian who sees responsibility as indisputable character.

    • Gilbert, just leave these people. They don’t know what they’re talking here. They think reporting bad things about the President or someone else is their freedom which is not true. Mungodwalapo mutu apa! Asiyeni aziona wokha.

    • Gilbert, just leave these people. They don’t know what they’re talking here. They think reporting bad things about the President or someone else is their freedom which is not true. Mungodwalapo mutu apa! Asiyeni aziona wokha.

    • I like this debate when it is like this. So if u say this Daniel do u want to give bad publicity to opposition only. Then its also freedom of speech? The media must be independent and must report news without favour of fear. As citizens we have a right to know what is going on in the country.What disapoint is if the law face certain pple it is bend to opposite direction. But when it face others to u clap hands. This just drag backwards the nation. Racism, tribalism, nepotism and corruption is cancer that is killing our small nation. We need a good debate that builds not that destroy.

    • Michael, does a debate exist on lies? If the media was telling us hardcover truth I would be very happy than ever. But our media is a cancer. Add lies on your list of divisive elements.

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