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    Malawi-Television Muluzi Inaugurates MALAWI S Premier Television Africa News Service 02-APR-99 BLANTYRE, Malawi (PANA, 04/01/99) - Malawi s much-awaited
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      Malawi-Television Muluzi
      Inaugurates MALAWI'S Premier
      Television

      Africa News Service
      02-APR-99

      BLANTYRE, Malawi (PANA, 04/01/99) - Malawi's much-awaited national
      television station was inaugurated in Blantyre Thursday by President Bakili
      Muluzi, describing it as a landmark for his government's efforts to promote
      freedom of expression.

      "We made sure that this project comes to pass in order to promote freedom of
      expression in the country" of over 10 million people, he said.

      Witnessing the launch was Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi and Namibia's
      information minister, Ben Amadila.

      Moi advised Malawians to use television as a tool for development, not as a
      platform to promote violence and immorality.

      "Your television should not influence the youth into violence and immorality," he
      said.

      Muluzi asked the staff of the TV to heed Moi's advise, saying he would make
      sure professional ethics are followed at the state-run station.

      "This will never be allowed to be a chewgum of immorality and violence," he
      added.

      One of the country's topmost broadcaster, Benson Tembo, who is coordinator
      for the project, said the project had been bugged down by a number of
      problems.

      "The pull-out of Malaysia's TV3 hit us hard," he said.

      The station will initially be broadcast to an audience living within a radius of 80
      km from the station in Blantyre.

      According to a published survey, Malawi has about 40,000 TV sets which
      Tembo said will translate into the station having 250,000 viewers.

      Namibia played a big role in traing staff of the television.

      The equiment was supplied by Sony UK with funds the Malawi government
      borrowed from Equator Bank of Lusaka, Zambia.
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