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The Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) has requested court intervention to stop a Malawi government directive that bans the country’s broadcasters from running phone-in programs.

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) imposed the ban in June as the country was experiencing political turbulence after the May 21 elections that the opposition is still challenging in courts.

Business24

In a statement issued on Tuesday, MISA-Malawi said since MACRA had not changed its position on the matter despite several attempts to resolve the issue, the MISA leadership decided to involve the courts.

MISA-Malawi Chairperson Teresa Temweka Ndanga said the matter was filed at the country’s High Court on Sept. 2. and that on Sept. 16, the court will hear the application for a temporary injunction to stop MACRA from implementing the ban, pending final or other court’s decision.

“It remains our hope that MACRA will share our intention of amicably resolving the matter without resorting to litigation,” Ndanga said in the statement. Enditem

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