A Malawi journalist who works for a newspaper that publishes scandals involving public figures has confirmed his own arrest.

Kandani Ngwira contacted media outlets on Tuesday, saying he had been taken into custody and not told why.

Ngwira works for the Weekly Times, a newspaper that the Malawian government tried to ban in November of last year.

National police spokesman, Willy Mwaluka, says he had no information about Ngwira's detention.

The journalist says he was arrested in Blantyre and transported to the capital, Lilongwe.

Blantyre Newspapers Limited, which owns the Weekly Times says it is providing a lawyer for Ngwira.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.