Trapence -Macra suppressing freedom of speech

Trapence -Macra suppressing freedom of speech

LILONGWE (Tamanda Mwale, Malawi NewsNow) –Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) says it has reported the government to the United Nations over Macra’s decision to fine Zodiak  Broadcasting Services for an interview it had withopposiiton  Rumphi east MP Mr Kamlepo Kalua.

Cedep executive director  Mr Gift Trapence says in a statement the Macra’s decision to fine Zodiak K950000 was suspicious.

He says there was political influence in the decision and this threatened freedom of the media, freedom of expression which was a great threat to democracy.

Macra is controlled by the Information minister

Officials from Macra refused to comment and Zodiak managing director Mr Gosepl Kazako condemned the fine, saying is an act of suppressing media  freedom.

In the interview, Kamlepo gave President Peter Mutharika seven days to name and fire seven cabinet ministers allegedly involved in K236 billion cashgate during the Bingu wa Mutharika administration.

Mutharika insisted no cabinet minister was involved.

However,  the Anti Corruption Bureau is refusing to name those involved in the K236 billion cashgate, saying they are under orders from the attorney general not to do so.

The private media owners recently issued a press release accusing the government of using Macra to harass and intimidate the private radios and television stations which carry stories critical of the government.