Investigative Journalists Need Motivation, Protection - MCM

The Media Council of Malawi (MCM) has suggested that the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and stakeholders should put in place mechanisms that can protect journalists investigating corruption matters, as one way of dealing with the vice in the country.

The council's Executive Director Moses Kaufa, said is convinced this is the way to go in fulfilling commitment made during the recent National Anti-corruption Conference in Blantyre, where stakeholders and President Lazarus Chakwera and the media signed commitments to reset6 the nations moral tone in the fight against corruption.

Kaufa emphasized that corruption fight hinges on investigation by stakeholders including the media.

"We need to work with the institutions to protect the media so that we can emphasize very much on the freedom of the media in discharging their duties in covering issues of corruption. This is because mostly, there are to do with investigations on the information that others would not really want to be exposed.

"So this is where we really need to find a way of ensuring that journalists are protected," he said.

This came out on Wednesday during the virtual meeting between ACB and the media aimed at developing a strategy that will enhance collaboration under the media pillar in the National Anti-Corruption Strategy II.

One of the journalists, David Guta also hinted the need for intensified capacity building in investigative journalism which would enable the media to actively help in fighting corruption.

ACB Public Relations Manager Egrita Mdala, has expressed the Bureau's commitment in sustaining partnership with the media by working out a way of providing relevant information, training and motivating investigative journalists.

"The Bureau always tries to work with the media, training, motivating them including supporting the annual media award through NAMISA under democracy and good governance category.

"On how do we make sure that there is information for the journalists, as you have rightly put it, the Bureau has information that may not always be made available to the media due to legal reasons and that being the case, we will still have to work out on how we can to ensure there is information sharing between the media to the public," Mdala said.

The media is one of the pillars in the National Anti-Corruption Strategy II.

Last month, President Lazarus Chakwera signed the commitments with various stakeholders including the media on the Anti-Corruption Campaign.

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