Oxfam Malawi and Misa Malawi for More Awareness on ATI Law
Oxfam in Malawi has partnered with MISA Malawi to popularise the Access to Information Law which came in operation in September 2020.
Governance Program Manager at Oxfam in Malawi, Mathias Kafunda says the partnership will see Journalists who will have written stories with impact on the law awarded during the Misa Malawi Gala awards of 2021.
``The feeling is that most people do not know about this legislation. We have noted that most Malawians think the law is only for journalists and other media practitioners”, says Kafunda.
He added that we want Malawians to take part in promoting and achieving good governance in the country.
Oxfam has also joined forces with Youth and Society and the Malawi Human Rights Commission to popularising the law.
Since 2019, Oxfam in Malawi has been supporting MISA Malawi with two awards; The Health Governance Award and the Anti - Corruption Award.
MISA Malawi Chairperson, Teresa Ndanga has noted that the initiative will boost quality reporting of Access to Information law.
Noted Ndanga, ``MISA Malawi is acknowledging the gesture by Oxfam in Malawi. WIth quality and responsible reporting, we are sure that more people will know more about law and how to use it.
President Lazarus Chakwera assented to the Access to Information Bill in September last year which will among others enable journalists, media practitioners, and citizens to have easy access to information from various public and private institutions.