Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has announced plans to establish a media conglomerate comprising television and radio stations as well as launching an online publication to give Malawians a platform to voice out their views on development, human rights and also access to information.
Both HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence and national coordinator Luke Tembo confirmed the media project in separate interviews on Sunday. Trapence said through the media platforms, HRDC expects to empower Malawians to hold duty-bearers accountable to governance, civic education and other issues.
Tembo said the radio is expected to start broadcasting in six months while the television and online publication have been given one to two years to roll out. Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) spokesperson Clara Ngwira yesterday said HRDC was free to acquire a broadcasting licence, saying the law does not stop them.