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MALAWI: Police quiz academics over pressure group

Plainclothes police officers last week stormed a constituent college of the University of Malawi, to question administrators on the existence of a political pressure group, a move some students called illegal and contrary to the Kampala Declaration among other laws granting academic freedom, writes Dilinger Soko for the Nyasa Times.

"They came to ask about Youth for Freedom and Democracy (YFD) whose scathing publication the Weekly Political Update has already seen police arrest some of the YDF members," said one of the lecturers. "But this is exactly what caused the impasse at Chanco (Chancellor College). Universities are not police training grounds, they are a holy place."

Nyasa Times also understands that police raided the home of 21-year-old Black Moses, president of the YFD, whisking him away to an unknown location where he is apparently being questioned over the publication, which uses critical language against President Bingu wa Mutharika's authoritarian rule.
Full report on the Nyasa Times site
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