Minister of Information and Communication Technology Nicholas Dausi on Friday spoke of the need for journalists to abide by the laws and ethics of journalism if they are to instill trust in society.
Speaking in Blantyre when he presided over the graduation of 563 trainee journalists from the Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ), Dausi said journalists should always strive for objectivity, report in a balanced matter, research and refrain from sensationalism, lies and mere opinion.
He advised the graduating students to put into practice the skills they acquired when they go out in the field.
Said Dausi: “I would also like to encourage the graduating students to be innovative, create their own opportunities by using their skills and practise independently, other than waiting to be employed.”
On Access to Information law, the minister said his ministry is pushing for a quick operationalisation of the legislation, adding that it is vital in helping the masses make informed choices.
In his remarks, MIJ acting executive director Anthony Phanga said the institute takes pride in its contribution to making the media industry in the county and beyond professional and responsible.
According to Phanga, of the 563 graduates in the 22nd congregation, 317 were females, representing 56 percent.