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MISA Malawi Drags MACRA to Court

Ndanga says the decision was improper Ndanga says the decision was improper - File photo

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) - Malawi Chapter has dragged the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) to High Court over its decision to suspend phone-in programs.

MISA Chairperson, Teresa Ndanga, says in a statement that the Chapter has partnered Times, Zodiak and Capital Radio in seeking the Court’s declaration that the decision of MACRA violates constitutionally guaranteed freedom of the press among other rights.

“The decision was improper as no consultations were made with affected parties as required by law,” she said.

Ndanga says that the matter was filed at the High Court, Lilongwe Registry, on 2nd September, 2019.

“The Court has set aside 16th September, 2019 to hear the application for a temporary injunction stopping MACRA from implementing the decision pending a final (or other) decision of the Court,” she said.

MACRA suspended phone-in programs on all broadcasters on 7th June, 2019.

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