MISA-Malawi President Thom Khanje has described the statement by Malawi President Arthur Mutharika as worrisome and a threat to media freedom.
Khanje was reacting to Mutharika’s outbursts in Lilongwe whereby he went to town attacking the media from his own country.
Mutharika who is at pains to give a nod to ATI in its original form, said newspaper articles in the country are a garbage. But commentators have said that Mutharika said this just because he is failing to govern the country and this is what the media is writing.
Mutharika said this when he was laying a foundation stone Dae Yang Lukes teaching university hospital in the capital Lilongwe, where he singled out Columnist as the worst.
Interestingly, he praised the former Malawi president Dr. Joyce Banda in her sentiments of stopping to read newspapers for fear of being told the truth when things go wrong.
“For once, let me agree with Joyce Banda when she said she no longer read Malawi newspapers. I too stopped reading Malawi newspapers from January,” said Mutharika while describing the articles contained in the papers as ‘garbage’.
Mutharika also said he stopped reading articles published on social media last year.