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21 October 2016

Malawi Government Gazette dated 2016-10-21 number 48

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                              THE MALAWI GOVERNMENT GAZETTE
                                                                          {Published by Authority)
                        3,360: Vol. LIII No. 48]                                                                                     Zomba, 21th October, 2016

                        Registered at the GP.O. as a Newspaper                                                                                 Price: K500.00


                                                                     CONTENTS                                                 Page
                                 MACRA—Notice of Publication of warning to Pentecostal
                                    Life FM................................................................................    223

                                 Malawi Electoral Commission—Notice of Taking a Poll                                 .. 224-225



General Notice No. 82




                                                                           MACRA

                    MALAWI COMMUNICATIONS REGULATORY AUTHORITY

      PUBLICATION OF WARNING TO PENTECOSTAL LIFE FM FOR BREACH OF LICENCE TERMS
                     AND CONDITIONS AND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT.


1.    In the month of April 2016, Pentecostal Life FM broadcast a series of radio programs called “Ndilibe Pulobulemu”
      which satirized, ridiculed and defamed or disparaged the characters of several public figures. The programme, by way
      of innuendo alleged immoral acts on the part of some of the public figures mentioned in the programme.


2.    Pentecostal Life FM’s broadcasting licence requires the Radio to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Broadcasting
      Services contained in the Third Schedule to the Communications Act. Section 4 of the Code of Conduct allows
      broadcasters to comment on and criticize any actions of public importance. There is however a caveat that a comment
      must be an honest expression of opinion.


3.    The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (the Authority) has found that the broadcasts by Pentecostal Life
      FM were not honest expressions of opinion but were made merely to disparage, ridicule and assassinate the characters
      of the public figures. This amounted to a breach by Pentecostal Life FM of its obligations under its broadcasting licence
      and the Communications Act.


4.    Pursuant to Section 23 of the Broadcasting Licence issued to Pentecostal FM and pursuant to section 54(5):of the
      Communications Act Pentecostal Life FM is hereby issued a warning in regard to its conduct and ordered to desist from
      non compliance with its licence and the Communications Act. Any further breach of its licence terms and condition and
      of the Communications Act may lead to imposition of a fine or revocation of licence.


      Dated 12th September 2016.
                                                            THE DIRECTOR GENERAL
                                             Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority
                                                                        MACRA House
                                                                   Salmin Armour Road
                                                                        Private Bag 261
                                                                              Blantyre
                                                                               Malawi


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