MISA condemns prison warders for beating up MBC journalists

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Media Institute of Southern Africa – MISA Malawi chapter has condemned prison warders at Maula prison in Lilongwe for beating up Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) journalists as they were covering the ongoing prison warders’ strike. According to MISA, MBC reporter Patrick Dambula and cameraman Hastings Khomo were manhandled by the warders around lunch hour on Monday.

A statement issued by MISA-Malawi chapter and signed by its chairperson Teresa Ndanga says media has a right to try everything possible to gather information within Malawi and abroad and what the warders did is unacceptable.

Malawi Media Misa Chair Teleza Ndanga

Ndanga condemned the attacks

“The chapter would like to remind people that the media has a right to report within Malawi and abroad and to be accorded the fullest possible facilities for access to information. We believe that media coverage of the strike by the prison authorities is no exception,” says the statement.

Dambula told MISA Malawi that they failed to do their story as the prison warders turned against them.

“Things got worse when we approached the gate. The prison warders tried to confiscate the camera but fortunately they failed. We failed to even do any interviews for our story. Luckily enough no one was hurt,” Dambula told MISA-Malawi chapter.

MISA Malawi has since asked prison authorities to desist from attacking the media and to ensure that the warders who manhandled the journalists are brought to book. “Beating up reporters and treating them as criminals is barbaric and retrogressive.

“MISA Malawi would like to caution the general public against any form of attack on journalists in their line of duty. Journalists have a responsibility to report and inform Malawians on developments in the country. Any form of attack on journalists is an infringement on not just the media’s right to gather and report but also citizens’ rights to know,” says the statement.

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  1. osamalankhura ngati opusa ndi dziko liti lomwe wailesi yaboma imanyoza chipani cholamura akuyenera kulandilaso chilango kachikena akaidi amenewo

  2. For MBC journalists, the warders were right. Keep it up our warders, you have proved it to Malawians that you are not like the other blindfolded and unpatriotic camps. Proud of you. Malawi needs not the corrupted MBC Journalists.

  3. kkkkkkk,koma a mbc ndye muzionatu,paja enanso mdi aja anamenyedwa ndi ma journalists azawo ku times atayitseka MRA,kkkkkk,apa ma wardens akuphwanyansoni,simunati muona ,kkkkkkk

  4. Talk Justice those are Malawians they applied the job and earn a living by that wy do you talk such things to innocent people what wrong did they do they are journalist too you wanted only ZBS journalist only?

  5. Mwamenya pang’ono cifukwa sitikumva kuti avulala mukanawachotsa mano.kuwayamba a silikali daladala a misa mumaziwanso Mbc ndiyaucìkape tangokhalani chete,atolankhani amanyakawo aziphikidwa.kkkkkkkk kudyera kulimba

  6. Beat the shit out of them what’s a story to tell there? Salaries increase that’s all they need! Have you seen the houses they have? These guys are suffering if we feel sorry that the police are receiving small salaries and these guys are fighting for that…damn its a shame

  7. Violence can never be justified even when MBC is perceived as being biased. The have lost it. The importance of their issue is crowded by this event

  8. Congrats WARDERS WELL DONE JOB atolankhani ndichaninso boma likukupasanu pea nut , yet mukusunga komanso kuyang’anila mbava zikuluzikulu…..

  9. Hihihihihihi! Awaphetemula, awafwafwantha, awababadzula, awalikita. Tidikire kumva ngati angalengedze pa nkhani za 7koloko. Kuteroko amafuna akamupedze wina kumeneko ndiye amujambule akuyankhula zotsutsana ndi za strike kenako adziyamikira boma koma akanadziwa sakanapitako.
    Hahahahahaha!

  10. winawake andiuze main objective of MBC coz mmmmm TV yawo it seems much political to be open DPP tv and i wonder so called public TV broadcasting stories in favor of winawake as campaign charter remember in malawi not all of us for DPP….so we need stories of public interest even those n opposition allow them coz that is apublic TV..MBC not DPP..

  11. A MISA’wonso angoyankhulapo kuti angaoneke ngati akukondera koma pansi pa mtima nawonso asangalala kuti makosana amenewa atibulidwa ndithu..kkkkk

  12. Thats a gud move by the prison officers. Nkadakonda akanaphwanyanso camera nkuwatsekera kut adziwedi kuti boma la mbwiyao amamuikira kumbuyoyu likuzunza anthu. Nkadakondanso omenyedwayo akanakhala Phillip Business.

  13. Ife a boma tafuna titsutse pa phekesera zomwe zikuveka kuti ati wogwira tchito ku ndende za mdziko muno akunyanyala tchito, izi sizowona ayi. Zimenezi tikudziwa kuti akufalitsa ndi azipani zotsutsa boma pongofuna kuyipitsa mbiri ya professor Arthur peter muthalika, zithu zili bwino ku ndende za mdziko muno.

  14. Much as beating them was not a gud move bt the action taken by the prison warders was appropiate.This s so bcoz MBC could hav told us that these people are on strike bcoz Mia has joined MCP

  15. Akabweranso pandani.ndinasangalara heavy nditanva kuti atabwera mzimayi uja olalata chiunya simunamutsegulire paget, Mpakana mwalankhula naye ali kunja kwa mpanda komanso ena mumachokapo kutanthauza kuti amalankhula zombwambwana ngati akupeta mphale,kkkkkkkkkk akabwelanso mpangeni zijazi.

  16. aaaahhh bola amenyedwa azao maiko ena anaphedwa ena pano akusungidwabe mokakamizidwa aaahh athokoze mulungu amenewo ali ndi moyo komanso ali ndi mbiri yofuna kufera ntchito hahahaha

  17. Well is it’s not good scenario BUT MBC is misleading the nation when reporting that confuses divide Malawi they act an professional, so u Misa chairs, President u need to caution them else they will continue being beaten and chased. malawians are tired of such kind of reporter’s

  18. Keep on beating them anthu opusa amenewa maka MBC jounalists chomwe amaziwa iwo ndikukamba zokomera boma chilungamo samachiziwa ayi azayesa ngat moyo ndiwophweka anamenyedanso pang’ono akanaonjezera pamenepo

  19. Much As I Condemn The Behaviour Of The Prison Warders But MBC has along way to go as far as balanced coverege is concerned,they should learn to report exactly how things are on the ground

  20. mind u, mbc is linked to the govt, and the same govt sends its reportes to the pple already victmized by the same govt, to find out wat was going on. dont u think this is mockery @ its highest order?

  21. Awamenya pang’ono adayenera kuti amenyedwe kwambiri professionalism ya utolankhani samayidziwa.Watsala Philip Business amenyedweso ndiye pakutI samaona amene mumaonanu mumuuze kuti asamale.Wakonza program yakuti anyoze Sidik Mia.MBC imayendetsedwa ndi misonkho yathu!!

  22. Inu a mbc mumanyamulana mimba zanu tiyetiye mumawona ngati akakugairako mphunga wa nyama kumeneko kkkk,,kungofuna kulikomesera boma basi uku anzanu akuvutika!!, akanakumenya kwambiri musazayamireso.

  23. Big up Tereza Temweka Ndanga for the condemnation…enawa ndale zawalowelera mpaka mkabudula,thats why akutsutsa zilizonse..munthu ungamumenye kaamba koti akugwira ntchito?? nde amenyamo awakwezera malipiro? kapena afanana ndi a police? kuuma mitu gwaaa..nzeru zero

    • That’s a clear sign that even those working in government are not in support of the current administration. Dambula amafuna anthu akambe mokometsa boma pamene zawo sizilibwino? Amuchita bwino ameneyu. Akakhala atolankhani amma private radio amamenyedwa ndima cadet a DPP

    • Its not in our culture for civilised ppo to engage in fighting,or applaise such barbaric acts..nde if you view it as a normal act,mutu wako ngouma gwaaa..kapado..

    • wat you fools are forgetting is that MBC is a government run institution…nthawi ya kamuzu,he was aided by MBC….atachoka,mcp inamva kununkha MBC..and it was Bakili who was enjoyed MBC,kenaka,came Bingu,Bakili adamvano kununkha MBC,came JB,Dpp idamva kununkha MBC,now its JB,mcp,kumva kununkha MBC…do i really need to school you fools abiut this simple trend? simungaone nokha kuti MBC is for the government? nde nanchidwe wina adziombera mmanja kumenyana? kapado

  24. I encourage that they shud be beaten more often…always twisting stories in favour of the government….leaving out the real part of the story..shame on those journalist for working at MBC

  25. MBC has a very big problem, they don’t report things as they are, they twist reports to favour government all the time. In this scenario MBC would have reported that the prison workers are happy with DPP under the dynamic leadership of His excellency Prof Peter Muntharika.

  26. Don’t forget they are also trained force just like Police/Army/Pioneer, these calibre of people they don’t give a damn to manhandle journalist, kkkk lol!

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  28. The reason of being beaten is that MBC always tells people other side of the true story …. Simuwulusa nkhani zokomera anthuu koma zokomera bomaa …siiisieee man … Asweniii koma musawaphee