SABC apologizes to Malawi over terrorism remarks

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has apologized for linking Malawians to terrorism attacks in Kenya.

This comes barely days after the Malawi government Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Malawi wrote SABC to clarify or retract the remarks made by an analyst Muslim Yaos in Malawi were connected to the Kenyan terror attack that killed at least 21 people.

The analyst, Izak Khomo claimed that Malawi was implicated in the Kenyan terror attacks because it had connections with Al-Shabaab which claimed responsibility for the attacks at a luxury hotel.

The group of Civil Society under Malawi Civil Society Led Black Economic Empowerment (MaBLEM) wrote a letter which had given SABC 14 days to clarify the issue.

In response to a letter signed by SABC boss Madoda Mxakwe and addressed to Malawi Civil Society Led Black Economic Empowerment Movement (MaBLEM), SABC said it has regrets broadcasting the false information on one of its airwaves.

“The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) regrets the unfortunate statements by an analyst on one of its news sources, the SABC News Channel during the coverage of the Kenya attacks on 15th January, 2019,” reads part of the letter.

SABC added that the claim that Al-Shabaab terrorists who attacked the hotel recruits Yao Muslims in Malawi are unsubstantiated and the media house is trying every possible way to correct the mistake.

SABC also assured Malawians that it abides by journalism ethics.

“The intention is to use the opportunity to state the facts correctly, prove clarity on the unfortunate assertions and deal with any negative impression emanating from the incident.”

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