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Court lifts phone-in programmes ban

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CONFIRMED THE
DEVELOPMENT—Suzi Banda

The High Court in Lilongwe has granted Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa)-Malawi Chapter an injunction against the ban of phone-in programmes pending judicial review.

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) effected the ban in June 2019 after accusing some broadcasters of unethical reporting.

Lawyer representing Misa- Malawi, John Suzi Banda, Wednesday confirmed the development.

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“I don’t have full details yet but what I know is that the court has set aside the ban and people are free to have the phone-in programme,” he said.

Suzi Banda said the court would proceed with the judicial review of the case which is expected to commence on October 15 2019.

Misa-Malawi applied for the injunction and judicial review of the matter on an argument that the ban of the radio programmes violates freedom of the press.

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But Macra cited alleged unethical and careless reporting of post-elections events as the main reason for the ban.

Times Group, Zodiak Broadcasting Station and Capital Radio are part of the case.

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