Sports Writers Association of Malawi (Swam) has condemned the conduct of Azam Tigers coach Leo Mpulula who stormed Nation Publications Limited (NPL) offices on Monday to manhandle news analyst Peter Kanjere, president of the association.
Mpulula was bitter with Kanjere’s column published in Nation on Sunday of December 23 in which the latter spoke about Mpulula’s media blackout.
In a statement signed by Swam vice-general secretary Chisomo Mwamadi, the sports writers say it will not be intimidated by any threats in its course of promoting professionalism in sports reporting.
“As Swam, we will not tolerate any individual or organisation that seeks to undermine sports writers’ independence on matters of public interest.
“We are saddened by Mpulula’s outbursts and confrontations on our member. We urge those with grievances to follow proper procedures and not to resort to assault or harassing journalists.
“Continued threats will leave Swam with no choice but to take the matter further to relevant authorities,” reads the statement.
The communiqué also urges sports authorities to stop the continued hitches which fully accredited sports reporters continue to face to access sports venues such as Kamuzu Stadium.
Mpulula has reportedly extended the media ban for another month up to January end.