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Journalists Asked to Conduct Free and Fair In political Reporting

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Journalists across the nation have been asked to conduct free and fair reporting in terms of political reporting in the upcoming 2019 Elections.

The call was made on Saturday by Director of Information in the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology Gideon Munthali during a training which was organised by Bwaila Media Club with support from European Union and Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in Lilongwe.

Gideon Munthali

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”political journalists act as protectors by reporting about candidates during the election process.” Munthali said.

He added that government will not intervene  the media rights to provide information to the public.

“Government is not interested in regulating the media but to ensure freedom of expression and it is our expectation that media clubs such as Bwaila Media Club will assist government,” he added.

He went on to say that the policy of the government remains the same that the public must be informed through the media and this is important as Malawians are expecting general elections next year.

Speaking at the same event, chairperson of Bwaila Media Club Wisdom Chimgwede asked the reporters to be committed and to collaborate in reporting issues of the upcoming elections in May, 2019.

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