Collins Mtika

1 Dispatch from inside the Malawi protests: An African spring?

Flickr, tlupic Malawi protesters Malawi is in upheaval. Just as when Tunisians first rose up against their government, few outside are paying much attention. The same basic forces — unemployment, high food prices, human rights abuses and mistrust of government — which sparked the revolt in Tunisia and then…

0 Jailed Malawi journalist Collins Mtika set free, for now

Collins Mtika My friend and journalist colleague in Malawi, Collins Mtika, was released from jail yesterday. I took notice of Collins’ arrest last week thanks to Sika Holman (here is her blog on the Malawi protests). I tweeted about it, emailed about it and eventually wrote about what little I…

1 Malawi crackdown on protests, journalists and my friend Collins

Collins Mtika Last I heard, my friend and colleague Collins Mtika — a journalist in Malawi — was in jail. There have been protests in Malawi over high food prices, corruption in government (remember how the so-called “Arab spring” started?). As a result, Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika has cracked…