LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)- The Speaker of national assembly Richard Msowoya, on Saturday emphasized the need for the Malawi media to cultivate a reading culture for effective and accurate reporting.
Speaker Msowoya said it was worrisome that inaccurate reporting coupled with insufficient content of reporting in the media, has resulted in misinforming the general public on critical areas of development.
Msowoya was speaking to the Malawi press during this year’s MISA Malawi Gala Awards, in the capital Lilongwe. The Ga was held to mark the festivities of World Press Freedom Day, which falls on May 3 yearly. This year, the day was commemorated on May 6, 2017.
The Speaker, who alongside Minister of Information and government spokesperson Nicolas Dausi, Save the Children, and American Embassy officials, graced the Media Gala night.
In his statement, he challenged journalist to practice objective reporting, free of brides.
“Most of content of articles and news items leave a lot to be desired, as they lack much information to communicate well to the public. This shows that many journalists don’t read. Reading enriches writings for effective reporting to the public.
“Our media should also desist from brides when developing news items, because such tendencies defeat their role of being the fourth state, and watchdog. The media should always be exemplary and this must reflect on their work, while fighting corruption through objective reporting,” Msowoya urged.
Echoing on the same, Information Minister Nicolas Dausi, said while recommending the wonderful work the media is doing in the country, he was quick to ask the press to avoid being political agents.
Dausi added that the time was ripe for the media to reflect their work to defend the principles of democracy, through objective reporting.
MISA Malawi Chairperson Thom Khanje, commended government through parliament for passing the Access to Information (ATI) Bill into law, which is a landmark for the press freedom in the country.
Khanje assured the general public that the Malawi’s media will continue serving them with issues affecting entire nation through effective reporting.
Innocent Kumchedwa of Maziko Radio Station, the best electronic tourism winner, told The Maravi Post that the award has given him courage to work hard for the future undertakings of the Station.
Winners in most categories, went home with cash, laptops, TV decoders and trophy as a token of appreciation of their work demonstrated the past year in their duties of bringing out critical issues affecting the general public through writing and radio special reports.
Earlier, journalists postponed their elections for MISA- Malawi at Riverside Hotel in Lilongwe, following complaints of “strangers” brought into vote in the elections.
There were two camps comprising, Teresa Ndanga, Cliff Kawanga and Mandy Pondani (TCM), against that of Frank Phiri, Sellina Kainja and Chimwemwe Njoloma (FSC), vying to take over positions. Ndanga, who is Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) head of news, was battling it out with media consultant Phiri, on the position of chairperson.
On the other hand, Kainja and Kawanga, were scheduled to compete for the position of vice-chairperson, while Pondani and Njoloma, vied for executive membership.
Misa-Malawi legal counsel Mandala Mambulasa, interpreted the constitution, saying only practicing journalists are eligible to vote.
Mambulasa therefore, postponed the elections to December this year, to allow for a smooth verification of voters.