The Parliamentary and Presidential Elections in Malawi, 17 May 1994

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.



The Role of the Media

The Malawi media is slowly emerging from three decades of being rigidly confined to promoting the views of the Government of Malawi and the ruling MCP. During that time, the government-owned and controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), through its radio service, developed into a powerful propaganda vehicle for the one-party state on which alternative political opinion rarely found voice. There was no television service, save, more recently, for global satellite TV which only major hotels and the rich could afford.


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