Be professional, Govt appeals to media

Written by  Patrick Lunda

The Government Malawi has appealed to journalists in the country to be professional in the course of their work because they play a critical role in the development of the nation.

Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa delivering a speech Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa delivering a speech
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May

Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa made the remarks on Saturday during media awards ceremony as part of the World Press Freedom Day celebrations held at Grand Palace Hotel in Mzuzu.

He said Press Freedom and freedom of speech were the pinnacle of any civilized community which has helped countries to develop and also managed to transform the lives of people.

 

“The media is a critical partner in the national agenda of safeguarding democracy and achieving socio economic development,” Nankhumwa said.


“The Government therefore calls on the media in Malawi to remain professional so that as a nation we become well informed and be empowered enough to make informed decisions on matters affecting our lives and development of our beloved nation.”

The Minister also said the media had played a role in social economic and political development being watchdogs since the country became independent 50 years ago.

 

“There have been rough patches but the media in general have stood the test of time and done the nation proud at critical times. Take for example the coverage of the May 2014 Tripartite Elections; it is a case where the media did the nation proud.”

He said the advent of digital age should not give the media a platform to abuse the freedom of the press and freedom of speech which they have been enjoying by doing a research before publishing.

 

“As we advance in various technologies that make the job of reporting easier and use various channels of communication available to us in the digital age, there is need for the media to be on guard,” he said.


“So whether it is Radio, Televisions, Newspapers, Webites, Facebook; Twitter; and whatever medium will be used; I call upon the media to use such platforms to good use for the benefit of Mother Malawi.”


Head of EU Delegation to Malawi Ambassador Marchel Germann said journalism would continue to make an essential contribution to the development of the country.


“The EU believes that strengthening domestic accountability is fundamental to the development of Malawi and that journalism and the media do and will continue to make an essential contribution. I am happy to commend the role that journalists have been playing in this regard and EU will remain supportive of your work in this area.”


As part of the commemoration Misa Malawi (Namisa) Chapter led journalists marching from Abrigado Leisure Centre to St John of God carrying placards championing the work of journalists, free press and working conditions among others.

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