The British High Commissioner, Michael Nevin has welcomed the formation of the National Press Club (NPC) in the country.
Nevin made the remarks at a reception he hosted for journalists at his residence, marking the World Press freedom Day, which falls on May 3. The treat also marked the first public engagement for NPC.
“The UK government is a strong supporter of freedom of expression. Indeed, freedom of expression on the Internet is one of the Foreign Office’s global thematic human rights priorities,’’ Nevin said
“A free media and freedom of opinion and expression are integral to ensuring that citizens can exercise their full democratic rights. I therefore, welcome the formation of the NPC,” said the UK envoy.
“Governments need to respond to legitimate aspirations with reform, not repression,” he said.
Nevin’s comments came after recent engagements of President Joyce Banda with Misa Malawi where she accused journalists of killing of President Mutharika.
The President also refused to sign the Table Mountain Declaration.