Media Council Worried With MACRA's Stance on License Revocations
Media Council of Malawi says MACRA’s move to revoke licenses of some media houses has the potential of promoting fake news and lead to loss of jobs.
Media council of Malawi Executive Director Moses Kaufa suggests that MACRA should find a better solution, other than literally closing down the media houses.
Said Kaufa; “Much as they are operating within their legal mandate, they can think of other ways of handling this matter, probably agreeing to the terms of payments of license fees.”
According to Kaufa, most media houses are struggling due to the current economic crisis.
“Both the broadcasters and MACRA exist to serve the citizens of Malawi. In the absence of a thriving media people will be prone to fake news. The other thing now is looking at the people working for these broadcasting stations, they are losing their jobs,” Said Kaufa.
But MACRA Director General Daud Suleman says the process to revoke licenses is not an adhoc one, and the institution started engaging the media houses in December last year.
“So when the media houses fail to meet their allocated deadlines, it is when the body revokes the licenses,” he said.
MACRA has so far revoked content licenses of Ufulu FM, Ufulu Television, Galaxy radio, joy radio, Capital radio, Angaliba Radio and TV, Sapitwa FM and Rainbow television.