US warns journalists against corruption ahead of 2019 polls

United States Embassy in Malawi has warned journalists against corrupt practices during the campaign period ahead of the 2019 Tripartite Elections, saying that could compromise the country’s hard-earned democracy.

Addressing community radio station journalists on Monday in Lilongwe,  US Ambassador Virginia Palmer urged the media to adhere to ethical standards and not to be used by politicians.

Ndanga (L) and Palmer during the meeting

She said: “As you are working towards the 2019 Tripartite Elections campaign period, you need to be so ethical and of high integrity that politicians fear you. Do not allow yourself to be used in return for money.”

About 20 journalists from community radio stations across the country are participating in a skills development workshop organised by Media Institute for Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter with support from the US Embassy.

In her remarks, Misa Malawi Chapter chairperson Theresa Ndanga said community radio reporters hold a special place in their respective communities.

Said Ndanga: “If the media becomes corrupt, democracy is going to die. Let us not betray those people in your communities who are looking up to you to speak for them.”

Ndanga also announced that Misa Malawi is introducing an annual award for Best Community Radio Station.

There are 39 community radio stations in the country.

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