On 20th May 2020, Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has accused Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) for treating State Broadcaster- Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) with kid gloves for airing obscene and disparaging content to Vice President Saulosi Chilima last week and their continued gutter journalism.
The following after the airing obscene and disparaging content, MACRA issued a statement which reads “MACRA would like to assure the general public that it has commenced action against MBC in line with the Communications Act and its Regulations and has therefore given MBC a statutory notice of seven days to make representations on the preliminary findings of breach,”
- This is not the first time where MACRA has taken action on MBC, in January 2020 Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has invited Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to a hearing on issues surrounding the reference of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) as a terrorist group in one of the State broadcaster’s bulletins and some remarks made in one of the broadcaster’s programmes regarding the alleged Msundwe rape case.
- In May, 2018 the Same MACRA summoned MBC over concerns to open up the airwaves for the opposition parties and that its content is largely biased towards the ruling party.
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