THE STANCE recently taken by media owners and managers to give president Mutharika’s government a black out if threats on media freedom and freedom of expression continue is worth supporting. This is a move that should be supported by all progressive journalists as well as citizens who believe in the role of the media in a democracy.
Meeting at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre, these media owners and managers recognised the “highly belligerent attitude that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government has taken against the independent media to silence it from telling Malawians the truth.”
As leader of the DPP, Mutharika has not been shy to lead the charge against media freedom in Malawi. Without doubt, his careless and frivolous comments will embolden his supporters, most of whom are given to sycophancy and zealotry. The import of these threats and subsequent action might be too ghastly to contemplate, given what we have seen in the past. Read More