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.
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