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Malawi: Chakwera’s media crackdown raises alarm

Malawi: Chakwera’s media crackdown raises alarm

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Malawi's President Lazarus Chakwera In what has been described as an unprecedented act and shrinking of the media space, the Malawi government has shut down three television and six radio stations on failure to pay annual licence fees. These closures by President Chakwera's government has many wondering if the country's freedom of speech is being tested. More than 20 other radio stations face closure by the end of the year, thereby threatening job security of about 250 media practitioners and around 150 support staff at the media houses. Through its broadcasting regulatory body, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA), the government has been shutting down media houses accused of failure to comply with their licence conditions, one of which is payment of annual subscri...
MISA Malawi joins the rest of the world in commemorating 2022 World Press Freedom Day

MISA Malawi joins the rest of the world in commemorating 2022 World Press Freedom Day

International
As Media body, MISA Malawi joins the rest of the world in commemorating 2022 World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) President Lazarus Chakwera has invited Journalists to State House for a breakfast, as one way of celebrating with them. Speaking during the Breakfast meeting, Sean Kampondeni President Chakwera's Executive assistant says for the first time the President of the republic of Malawi is celebrating with the media on this day. He has commended the President for making a conducive environment for journalists to work. According to Kampondeni, Chakwera has always advocated for media freedom through making public reports of expenditure such as that of the SADC Summit and recently holding a press briefing to inform Malawians through the media on what transpired during his visit to Mozamb...