Mzuzu-(MaraviPost)—The country’s graft busting body, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), has called upon journalists in Malawi to add more value to their reporting, particularly on matters of corruption.
The institution made the appeal on Saturday when it organised a training workshop for the Northern Region’s media grouping, Nyika Media Club (NMC) in Rumphi.
While commending the role of the media in the country, ACB stressed on the need for journalists to report corruption with robust knowledge of the Corrupt Practice Act (CPA).
Speaking after the workshop, ACB’s Senior Public Relations Officer, Egrita Ndala, said media personnel ought to be familiar with the Corrupt Practice Act in order for them to report competently on issues to do with corruption in the country.
“We know that the media is doing a great job and we encourage them to continue reporting objectively. But when it is a matter that is being investigated, they need to report with caution; knowing that the perpetrators may be alerted by the reporting.
“They ought to be responsible enough without causing unnecessary jeopardy to the investigation process. Corruption prevention is a very important remedy and our first role as a Bureau is to prevent corruption before we can investigate and prosecute. And so, people need to be catalysts of preventing corruption,” said she.
Ndala further said, at times, the job of the bureau is incomplete without the media.
Commenting on Ndala’s remarks, President for NMC, Joseph Mwale, who works for Nation Publication Limited (NPL), said the workshop was a vital refresher training for journalists bearing in mind how corruption is retarding the nation’s development.
Mwale said: “It is embarrassing for Malawi to be listed as one of the most corrupt countries in Africa. As media, we need to play a major role in fighting the vice. We are an integral part in helping government root out this vice from the society.
“The training was important because it oriented journalists but again reminded them of some things they might have forgotten. My call is that we should go out there and help win the fight.”
The training enabled journalists to appreciate the functions and operations of ACB such as the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) II, Corruption Awareness, red flags of corruption, investigation processes, and familiarisation with the Corrupt Practice Act. At least 20 journalists from various media houses participated in the training.