Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) – Malawi has condemned physical and indecent assault of two journalists; Golden Matonga of Nation Publications Limited and Gladys Nthenda of kulinji.com by some demonstrators during protests organized by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) on Wednesday.
MISA –Malawi Chairperson, Teresa Ndanga, says in a statement that is very unfortunate that the assault on the two did not stop even after they duly displayed their professional identity cards.
“MISA Malawi, which is also a human rights advocacy body, believes that all human freedoms and rights, including the right to demonstrate, should be exercised with responsibility.
“We therefore expect demonstrators to exercise their right to demonstrate while recognizing the existence of other rights and freedoms such as media freedom, which is enshrined in the Republican Constitution and nobody has the right to take the same away from journalists. Both Matonga and Nthenda were left traumatized and were unable to complete their duties,” she said.
Ndanga called on organizers of these demonstrations to decisively deal with such barbaric acts while commending soldiers of the Malawi Defense Force for intervening to calm the situation.
During the anti—Jane Ansah demonstrations on Wednesday, the demonstrators tore Nthenda’s clothes and also stole a mobile phone and a wallet belonging to Matonga, accusing the two journalists of being government spies