MISA Cautions Media Houses On Election Case Coverage

By Felix Kapatamoyo

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi chapter has urged media houses in the country to report responsibly as Malawians are waiting for ruling of the Presidential election case.

MISA Malawi Chairperson, Tereza Ndanga told Malawi News Agency (MANA) Thursday that the Media was a critical tool that could either break or make a society hence the need to work professionally in its duties during this period.

She said it was unfortunate that some Media platforms, especially those online, have been making their own opinions on the case.

“Some Media platforms, especially online and others have been speculating what type of judgment will come out from the court, this is unfortunate and can mislead the public,” the Chairperson observed.

Ndanga urged the Media houses to ensure that they are ethical, factual and balanced by ensuring that all parties are given a voice.

She said MISA Malawi was monitoring and engaging Media houses to make sure they are professional and following proper messaging on the case.

Commenting on phone in programmes which are sometimes handled unprofessionally by the hosts, Ndanga said Media houses need to ensure that they have professional hosts who are able to handle the programmes when doing programs related to election case.

She warned that media houses that would fail to abide by the Communications Act would have to face the regulator, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA).

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