Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Editor in-cheif suspended over court document

A Court document that implicated a manager at one of Malawi’s leading banks—National Bank—in sex scandle has resulted in Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) boss, Jika Nkolokosa being suspended indefinately for publishing the story.

The Blantyre Newspapers Limited(BNL), the publishers of three newspapers in Malawi, The Daily Times, Malawi News and The Sunday Times, published the story based on the court documents, however, directors of the publishing house suspended the editor on what they ‘termed as a business decision’.

National Bank holds accounts for the publishing house and the publishing company also owes the bank millions of Kwacha in loans.

The Blantyre Magistrate court delivered a judgement, which implicated a dead catholic priest and a Bank Manager in a love triangle involving a family of— an unknown businessman.

A senior reporter of the publishing house Caroline Somanje wrote the story and was published in Monday edition of The Daily Times, however the management of Blantyre Newspapers Limited suspended the editor —indefinately and also summoned the reporter to the disciplinary hearing.

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