LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi government through Ministry of Information on Saturday demanded full retraction of the articles from Times Group titled; “Malawi implicated in Kenyan terror” arguing that the story compromise journalism ethics of putting the nation at disrepute.
In a press statement made available to the Maravi Post signed by Information Minister Henry Mussa questions Times Group as to why could carry such an article without further investigation.
Below is the full press statement.
Government is disappointed by the kind of journalism that has today, January 19, 2019, yet again manifested in the production and publication of an article titled “MW IMPLICATED IN KENYA TERROR” in Malawi News.
The paper quotes contents of a programme aired on SABC claiming that there is a Malawian connection to the recent terrorism and other previous terror attacks in Kenya adding that some of the Jihadists Al-Shabab are recruited from the Yao community in Malawi.
The Malawi Government wonders how the Malawi News could proceed to publish such a story based on someone’s opinion or analysis and not facts.
We expected the paper to treat the opinion as a news tip for further investigation in order to establish the truth of Malawi’s connection to terrorism.
It is the considered opinion of the Government of Malawi that the article represents all ill intentions against mother Malawi and the public interest.
We condemn this kind of journalism in its strongest terms and we demand an immediate retraction of the story in its entirety.
We call on all Media Houses in Malawi to insist on professionalism at all times without compromise. We all belong to Malawi and we need to nurture her for posterity.
Government wishes to call upon all Malawi citizens to maintain vigilance, unity and loyalty to mother Malawi and not be divided by these trends of irresponsible journalism.
We would like to assure the Government of the Republic of Kenya that Malawi does not condone terrorism in any form and by whosoever commits it.
The public and the nation shall be kept abreast of any further developments on this matter.
HENRY MUSSA, MP MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY