A record number of over 85 local and international journalists from over 40 media houses have registered with State House Press Office to attend Friday’s press conference convened by President Arthur Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace.
Sources at the Palace say since the date of the presser was announced calls have been coming in from all over the place seeking accreditation from authorities.
“There has been an overwhelming response from across the globe. We have so far accredited everyone who applied as a bonafide media practitioner as per statutes of Media Council of Malawi. We expect the number to rise further by the end of business on Thursday,” said the State House official handling the process.
He also disclosed that the State President is in a jovial mood and excited to inform Malawians of his UN General Assembly trip and other assignments carried out during the trip.
According to the source when APM was told about the huge interest from reporters to attend his press conference the President was in jovial mood jokingly saying “I think I must hold the press conference at a football pitch to accommodate all of them.”
The President returned home on Sunday from his month-long official trip to United States where he among other things attended and addressed the United Nations General Assembly.
Meanwhile, Media Council of Malawi and Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Chapter have hailed the President for opening up to all media to attend the event.
In the past the President has also been lauded for creating a conducive environment for journalists during press briefings by not allowing party stalwarts into the event hall as was the case during previous regimes.