Monday, August 12, 2013

Fatima Speaks On Defamation Threats

Former Big Brother Africa The Chase housemate, Fatima Nkata says, she is not moved by the direct attacks some people are poking at her, but has reminded those targeting her with malicious words that defamation is illegal in Malawi.

Fatima said this in a recent interview. This is her second warning to the said defamers. Her first warning came just days after leaving the BBA house, when it was observed by the media that some people were posting negative comments about her on social media. The comments were circulating around events that happened in the BBA house.

However after the warning the situation turned sour again just hours after being unveiled as a new member of the People’s Party (PP). Since then, there have been ugly comments about her on the social media.

Last week some people posted on Facebook pages, pictures of her taking a shower which were leaked when she was in the BBA house. Some of the pictures were posted on Malawi Freedom network page.

“I have learnt that nobody ever kicks a dead dog. if people become empty in contexts about you, it just means you are a person of interest to them. I will not compromise the person that i am by entertaining them or dignifying such Maliciousness. On the other hand, it will not stop me from staying focused and working harder in pursuing my passions.” she said.

She added that any sort of defamation is punishable in the country and would not watch someone making direct castigation to her for unfounded wills.

“Defamation is illegal and I am watching those against me. They will not go Scott free. I am a human being protected and entitled to all human rights.” she said.

Minister of information Moses Kunkuyu also warned all people taking advantage of lack of regulations on publications made on online media that, they risk facing the law.

“It’s a challenge that we do not have laws that safeguard online publications, but there are legal steps that can help to take to task who defames others. Social media is not a room for people to defame others. We condemn this in strongest terms.” said Kunkuyu saying that the right to privacy should be respected by all means.

The minister said anything that is character assassination is punishable by law. He said anyone who feels had been defamed through social media can report and through government offices, the persons responsible can be traced and taken to court.

“We have a mechanism that traces anyone who publishes material that defames others. If Fatima complains, she will be helped and in all means the people will be traced and taken to court.” he said.

By Albert Sharra / The Nation

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