DPP warned on abusing MBC

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Though it was established to be a public broadcaster decades ago, the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has been seen losing direction and being a propaganda tool for the ruling party.

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A journalist holding a placard, carrying MBC for all during Malawi World Press Freedom Day in Lilongwe.

With a role of providing checks and balances in the country, MBC has been noted to be snubbing that mandate through serving the party in power and not Malawians who at the end of the day contribute something for the running of the media house through tax.

Following the trend, the now ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has followed suit. The party has been faulted for fighting political opponents through Television and Radio programs and news sources that seal the truth of the matter by clapping hands for the party and giving praise to the current leadership.

The media house is notorious for remaining mute on issues like corruption when those being accused of the conduct are connected to the ruling party.

Commenting on the matter, a political scientist, Wonderful Mkhutche, has advised the ruling party not to compromise MBC’s mandate of serving the interests of the public through using it in spitting venomous words to other parties.

Wonderful Mkhutche

Wonderful Mkhutche: The ststae broadcaster must not be used that way.

“Government should understand that all its actions will always be under scrutiny. This is done as a way to keep it in check, responsible and get the best from it. But government has interpreted any news against it as political opposition to be subdued. It therefore uses the MBC. This has destroyed the credibility of the national broadcaster, in the end, compromising the role of media in our politics.

“The solution is for government to free MBC by using it for development purposes. It is possible only that government is too insecure, especially amidst an active independent media that tightly scrutinize its actions,” said Mkhutche.

He added by calling for a “strong and independent” media in the country for consolidation of democracy.

However, DPP spokesperson Francis Kasaila has distanced the party from reports of abusing the state broadcaster arguing it does not force the media house to attack the party’s opponents.

“This is for MBC editorial, they choose what to be aired just the way other media houses like Zodiak and Times do, we are not involved in the programs and news that are aired on MBC,” said Kasaila in an interview with Malawi24 on Tuesday afternoon.

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29 Comments

  1. Thus y i don’t trust anyone in Malawi, why r educated people who at MBC r being told what to do by these politicians? U worked very hard to got those degrees but now u r being used like kids shame on u guys at mbc

  2. KUNGACHE UZINGOVA YOSWA,KASAKASA AKAMATELO ATI TIKITI YAYENDA ANA NDI ADONA AKUTI ADADI AMAGWIRA NTCITO KU MBC KKKKK NAYENSO MINISTRY OF INFORMATION ATI ZKYNDA SHAME MUSAYIWALE NDI MISONKHO YA ALIYESE OK NDYE NYASALANDE ENA ASATCHUKE KMA IFE

  3. MBC will never change at all. We have several institutions in Malawi that can do the good job of punishing the MBC. But they are all afraid of the govt of the day. During MCP it was okay because we had a dictatorial regime. MBC is affiliated to these organisations but they are adamant to point a finger. Honestly MBC will never repent. MBC uses tax payers money, our money so we need balanced news affair. And DPP must change its course of manipulation on MBC. Enough is enough.

  4. Iwe Kasaila ngati ulibe chonena ingosiya. Usamalankhule mokhuta. MBC imagwiritsa ntchito misonkho yathu. Koma mmalo momapanga maprogram okomera amalawi onse mumakhala busy kumawatuma kuti azitukwana azipani zotsutsa. Democracy yake iti imanena zimenezo????? Zamanyazi.

  5. Ndiya Boma ,bomalo Ndie Dpp Yo Mumafuna Adzionetsapo Chani?Ngati Zomwe Amaonetsa Zimakubowani Tsiyani Ngati Mmene Nafenso Tinachitira Mbuyomu Afta Imfa Ya Bingu

  6. Honestly guys this is very true, MBC masiku ano imabowa kuonela every time uzingoona za mayi president, a president, a dausi then amayamba kunyoza anthu azipan zina.
    But why MBC mukupanga ngati ndinu osaziwa ntchito. Ooooo my mother Malawian DPP is killing MBC

  7. Ine ndiye ndinasiya kuwonera MBC TV atangochoka Bright Malopa. Nthawi yake MBC Tv imasangalatsa.

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