Media Council of Malawi Resurrects

Media Council of Malawi-MCM, which for the past three years has been dormant, has been resuscitated and relaunched. Mose Kaufa is the new Executive Director.

Relaunch of the MCM was held in Liwonde Tuesday where stakeholders were also accorded the opportunity to appreciate the new media self-regulation model which shall now, guide the council.

"The Council has been dormant for the past three years and efforts to resuscitate it started in 2018," observed National Media Institute for Southern Africa-Namisa-chairperson Teresa Ndanga.  

The new MCM director, Moses Kaufa, a professional in mass communication, has ten-years experience in project management, individual, institutional and community capacity strengthening, audiovisual production, resource mobilisation and community development.

"Among others, Mr. Kaufa is expected to spearhead organisational rebirth of MCM, assist media houses and journalists in designing and implementing in-house self-regulation mechanisms and strategies to uphold highest standards of professionalism," reads part of a statement issued by Namisa later.  
 
MCM has responsibility of steering media self-regulation and implementing the Malawi Media Code of Conduct for the practice of journalism in the country.
 
Media owners in Malawi have committed to bankroll operations of the revived media council until it is able to sustain its own operations.
 
DW Akademie supported development of the media self-regulation model, a process that has led to resuscitation of the council.
 
"As we embark on a new path for MCM and media self-regulation in the country, we would like to appeal to media owners, media practitioners and the general public to continue believing and supporting media self-regulation through the work of MCM," says Namisa.
 
The rebirth of MCM is meant to represent assurance of continued existence of media independence, media freedom and freedom of expression in Malawi.

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