The National Media Institute of Southern Africa, Malawi chapter has joined media institutions and groups that are condemning the arrest and treatment given to Blantyre based Journalist Justice Mponda, who upon being arrested in Blantyre has been transferred to Lilongwe some 310 kilometres, without proper reasons.
Justice Mponda was arrested by police at his residence in Chiwembe, Blantyre in the early hours of October 15 2012, and has been charged with "insulting the president, publishing false stories and criminal libel".
Chairperson Anthony Kasunda, who witnessed the transferring of Mponda from Blantyre to Lilongwe at Limbe police station, has since asked the authorities to give bail to the accused within the stipulated 48 hours.
Mponda, 27 is the second journalist to be arrested after Peoples Party took power in April this year.
The first being Clement Chinoko, arrested in May for a story about two women from Blantyre city who allegedly got engaged.
Update of Mponda matter to follow