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Open up, Henry Mussa challenges MBC

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By Jameson Chauluka:

Information and Communications Technology Minister, Henry Mussa, Wednesday challenged public broadcaster, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), to open up to opposition political parties in its news and programmes ahead of the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Mussa was speaking during a familiarisation tour of the station’s headquarters in Blantyre Wednesday to appreciate challenges the institution faces in its operations.

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“MBC is for all Malawians and they should be open to everyone. Some people say that MBC refuses to air content of opposition political parties, but I am challenging them that, if MBC refuses to cover you, come to me. Come to me and show me the content they refuse to air,” he said.

Mussa’s call has come amid growing criticisms among electoral stakeholders, especially opposition political parties and human rights activists, who say the public broadcaster shuns opposition political parties.

MBC Director General, Aubrey Sumbuleta, committed to cover all political parties fairly during the official campaign period.

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“As MBC, we will cover all the contestants fairly regardless of their political affiliations during the official Mec [Malawi Electoral Commission] campaign period,” he said.

The minister also met in private the corporation’s members of staff who expressed concerns on conditions of service.

Later in the day, Mussa met District Information officers at the Central Office of Information in Blantyre.

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