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Condemning MACRA for Summoning Zodiak Broadcasting Station and Interfering with Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression

20th April 2018

We, Human Rights Defenders Forum (HRDF), have learnt with ineffable disdain for the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) the ongoing unprofessional conduct and selective justice being demonstrated by this body in summoning Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) and interfering with press freedom. We seriously condemn this sick conduct as it does not even speak to the spirit of the Malawi Communications Act which establishes this unprincipled institution.

One evening Didier closed up his shop for the day and went to meet friends for a party, but he had no idea his life was about to change so drastically. “I miss everything. The way my life was in Kenya was the complete opposite [to here in Malawi],” says Didier*, 27. 

“I was at a party with a friend who had come over from America. It was about the time Obama came to Kenya, and we thought he was going to help legalise homosexuality. The party was at someone's home, just 10 or 12 close friends. A neighbour must have called the police. They came in and started slapping us and shouting ‘get out, get out’.” Didier says that while the officers didn’t give any reason for arresting them, they were shouting gay slurs.

CIVIL SOCIETY’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF NATIONWIDE DEMONSTRATIONS

 

FOR HOW LONG SHALL MALAWIANS CONTINUE TO BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED? 

“LOSS OF PUBLIC TRUST IN THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION: TIME TO RECLAIM OUR DESTINY ’’

#Section 12[iii] of the Constitution# 

1.0. Preamble

We the undersigned Civil Society Organisations and human rights defenders would like to announce 27th April 2018 as the day when all concerned and patriotic Malawians of goodwill will convene across the country including the cities of Mzuzu, Lilongwe, Blantyre, and Zomba to publicly register their discontent on how the DPP-led government has handled the K4 Billion scandal and other governance issues through demonstrations.