Chief Chilobwe has called on Journalists in the country to report issues of national interest responsibly to avoid creating confusion among the citizens.
Chilobwe made the call during an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Wednesday when commenting to recent reports by journalists alleging that the country’s president was ill and even worse, dead, after he went to the United States of America to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
According to Chilobwe, Journalists need to report issues of national interest with a sense of responsibility since it is their role to act as gate keepers.
“People believe what they hear from the media and it is wrong to provide the masses with wrong information. Imagine the country was provided with such information and as a result there was confusion in the country since there were reports and counter reports on the issue which in the end was untrue,” he said
He said irresponsible reporting is unacceptable in any country as it fuels divisions and chaos citing the Rwanda Genocide as one example of irresponsible Journalism.
“I want to ask the media fraternity to be careful when reporting issues that have to do with the president. The president being a leader and father of this nation, any misinformation regarding his health or life can result into disturbance in the country,” he said.
Chilobwe added that it is against the Malawian Culture to be publicizing negative information about any leader.
He said the false reports by Journalists indicated a lack of patriotism amongst them.
“Journalists need to understand that they are citizens of this nation therefore they need to unit people and also respect their president because if they can’t then nobody else will,” he said.
President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika proved his detractors wrong when he jetted in the country and addressed the Press on Friday in Lilongwe looking strong and in good spirits and jokingly challenged renowned boxer Isaac Chilemba to a boxing match.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA