Malawi's minister of tourism, wildlife and culture, Anna Kachikho says there is need to censor electronic sources of information such as Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) and the Internet since it is negatively influencing children.
She made the remarks on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 after visiting offices for the country's Censorship Board where she pledged to ensure that a piece of legislation be passed to empower the board to take charge.
“[The] Censorship Act does not make provision for the board to act on the surfing of pornographic material on the internet,” said acting chief censorship officer Humphrey Mpondaminga.
He bemoaned obsolete laws contained in the Censorship Act of 1968 which he described as very archaic and asked the minister to push for better legislation and allow the board to carry out its mandate properly.
The Malawi Law Commission finished drafting a Classification Bill in 2001 which is to replace the Censorship Act but parliament is yet to deliberate and pass it into law.
Gregory Gondwe is a Malawian journalist who started writing in 1993. He is also a media consultant assisting several international journalists pursuing assignments in Malawi. He holds a Diploma and an Intermediate Certificate in Journalism among other media-related certificates. He can be contacted on . Follow him on Twitter at @Kalipochi.
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