News and press statements
MISA Malawi is inviting interested, paid-up members to submit their outstanding published works for the 2016 MISA Malawi Annual Media Awards.
MISA MAlawi and the Media Council of Malawi appeal to government to review its position on the just-gazetted Access to Information Bill which, in its current form, undermines rather than promotes the constitutional right to information.
Members of Parliament have rejected a proposed law that seeks to regulate online media.
Malawi is in the process of resuscitating a multi-stakeholder Internet Governance Forum to shape and inform national policy on development of the Internet and ICTs in the country.
Media owners have petitioned President Peter Mutharika to make public the ‘inconsistencies’ in the draft Access to Information Bill and to ensure that the Bill is tabled before Parliament rises this December.
Malawi’s government ministers rejected the draft Access to Information Bill on the basis that it is filled with discrepancies.
MISA Malawi believes that the Communications Bill, as forwarded to Parliament from Cabinet, contains significant changes that defeat the whole essence of reviewing the Communications Act of 1998.
The government’s decision to reject the bill was retrogressive and indicated a lack of political commitment, says MISA Malawi.
The Blantyre City Council says winning the 2014 Padlock Award was a wake up call and has helped them tremendously improve how they made information public.