Malawi government through the ministry of information has blamed the private media for the Mount Soche declaration arguing that it was an ’emotional’ decision due to the current cat and mouse relationship between the media and President Peter Mutharika.
The development comes at a time when private media owners in the country had a meeting camera in Blantyre to discuss the intimidation by Mutharika following reports of his ill-health while attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The media owners demanded that the Mutharika led government should follow proper channels in addressing complaints against media houses and not attacks through rallies.
The declaration further demanded respect and implementation of guidelines and decisions of watchdog organisations that includes the Media Council of Malawi (MCM) and National Media Institute of Southern Africa (NAMISA).
Reacting on the declaration, minister of information Malison Ndau has put the blame on the private media arguing that the matter was under discussion.
“As government we are surprised it looks the media is for the president not Malawians and to us we read the declaration and it was an emotional action,” said Ndau.
He added that the media must interpret policies and focus on developmental issues in the country.
Ndau was quick to mention that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has slated to change the presidential press conference from ‘press rallies’ that are dominated by party zealots.
Recently, Mutharika showed his anger against local media for publishing articles about his health a development that some quarters said was created by government due to information blackout after the end of UNGA meeting.