” MISA Malawi condemns as barbaric
and retrogressive behavior in the strongest manner possible and would like the National Assembly to take serious disciplinary measures on Chilinda. MISA Malawi would also like the police to arrest and prosecute Chilinda for beating up the photojournalist” read a press statement
it released .
MISA Malawi said in the press statement that it believes that the media have a right to gather and report freely within Malawi and abroad, and to be accorded the fullest possible facilities for access to information, as is enshrined under section 36 of the Republican Constitution.
Taking photographs is part and parcel of a journalist’s work to gather and report matters of public interest and Chilinda’s actions clearly violate this provision, read part of the release
The release, went to on to state the act was not only barbaric and retrogressive but also a sad reminder of the dark days every Malawian was trying to forget.
”MISA Malawi, therefore, requests the National Assembly and the Police to take immediate action on Chilinda. The National Assembly should suspend Chilinda for his barbaric actions and the police should charge and prosecute him for assault.” it read.
” MISA Malawi is monitoring the situation and will continue doing so until the matter is dealt with to our satisfaction” it concluded.