One of Malawi’s leading online news websites, NyasaTimes, has found itself entangled in contradictions and misinformation, following its carrying of a story that allegedly quoted Malawi’s State President Arthur Peter Mutharika.
On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, NyasaTimes alleged that President Mutharika commented on his widely circulated fall. It has now been revealed that the page that NyasaTimes editors quoted is a bogus one and not President Mutharika’s official Facebook page.
NyasaTimes publication has since stated in another article on Wednesday, January 27, that the correct Facebook page is www.facebook.com/APMutharika.
This comes after popular online commentators like Lawyer Sunduzwayo Madise and others suspected that the page NyasaTimes quoted was a sham. Others like Ibrahim Zayed from Zomba, however, questioned why NyasaTimes, an established and trusted source of online news could make that mistake of quoting a fake President’s page when they have been quoting the official one many times before5.
“It is very troubling and confusing in my mind to note that in the article below, Nyasatimes is claiming that they did not know of Mutharika’s original facebook page.. which they always quote from when making some of their stories,” observed Zayed