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Malawi media says enactment of Access to Information Bill vital

Patrick SemphereMZUZU--Malawi government has been asked to hasten the enactment of the Access to Information Bill to enable journalists in the country to work without unnecessary obstacles.

National Media Integrity Committee chairperson Rev. Patrick Semphere made the appeal Tuesday in Mangochi during the commemoration of Anti-Corruption Day, an event which was graced by Pres Joyce Banda, Vice Pres Khumbo Kachali, Speaker Henry Chimunthu Banda and Leader of Opposition John Tembo.

Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara assured the media fraternity that the process was at an advanced stage and that the bill will be tabled in parliament soon.

"The bill [Access to Information] will see the light of the day soon having stalled for long in the previous governments," said Kasambara.

At the event, which was held under theme 'Media, a partner in the fight against corruption', stakeholders were asked to join hands with the media to fight corruption.

"Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has hailed the media in most of the corruption cases it has pursued it was the media that reported such corrupt practices. We, therefore, call on all relevant bodies to join hands with the media to fight corruption," Semphere said, urging journalists to resist corruption at all times.

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