MISA Malawi has given Deputy Minister of Transport, Charles Mchacha up to 17th February, 2020 to offer a public apology for verbally attacking and intimidating a Nation Publications Limited journalist, Bobby Kabango during a telephone news interview.
Last week the social media was awash with a recorded audio of the conversation between Mchacha and Nation Publications Journalist Bobby Kabango.
In the audio, Mchacha screamed various expletives at the journalist. He also called him a ‚Äúdog‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúmonkey‚ÄĚ
In the statement, MISA Malawi Chairperson Teresa Ndanga said Mchacha’s insults could be construed as a deliberate attempt to silence journalists in the country.
“We expect exemplary conduct from Cabinet Ministers including Honourable Mchacha,” says Ndanga.
Ndanga also called on Information Minister, Mark Botoman to make a public assurance of President Peter Mutharika’s commitment to media freedom and freedom of expression.
Kabango was pursuing a story on how Mchacha allegedly acquired public land in Limbe, Blantyre.
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