MISA Malawi expresses concern over the seizure of mobile phones, laptops belonging to MBC journalists

By Chisomo Phiri

Media Institute for Southern African (MISA) Malawi Chapter has expressed concern over the seizure of mobile phones and laptops belonging to Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) journalists who are being suspected of running a fake MBC Facebook page.

In a statement that 247 Malawi News has in possession,MISA Malawi Chairperson Golden Matonga says the media body has established that a number of MBC journalists are being investigated for alleged offenses committed under the Electronic Transactions and Cybersecurity Act following a complaint by MBC Management.


According to Matonga,MISA Malawi is concerned because the development raises a number of serious questions.

He says:”Police have confiscated mobile phones and laptops from a number of MBC journalists across the country. The question is; how are these journalists being identified?

“What measures have been put in place to ensure that the identity of the sources of these journalists is protected? Correspondence between journalists and their sources is privileged information under Section 32(c) of the Access to Information (ATI) Act.”

The MISA Malawi boss has however, called on MBC management and Malawi Police Service to carry out the investigations without malice, prejudice and political inclinations.