Wednesday, June 6, 2012

UPDATE: A Flicker of Freedom's Light Shines on Malawi

English: Malawi (orthographic projection) Port... (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Heeding the call from President Joyce Banda to eliminate repressive laws, the Malawi Parliament this week repealed Section 46 of the Penal Code, the Web site reported.

Section 46 was amended in November 2010, during the oppressive regime of former president Bingu wa Mutharika (see "TUOL" post 2/8/11). It empowered the minister of information and civic education  to prohibit the publication of, or importation of any publication he believed "would be contrary to the public interest." 

Human rights advocates and Malawi journalists were among those who haled the action by the 43rd Session of Parliament.

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