Journalists challenged on ethics

Journalists in the country have been urged to seriously stick to their code of ethics when executing their duties.

Programmes Officer for the Media Institute for Southern Africa for Zambia Chapter Thomas Zulu said this during a five-day capacity building workshop in Lilongwe.

According to Zulu, there are serious rising cases of misconduct in the professional that if left unchecked, the future of the industry is at risk.

“It is important for the media to build trust and credibility in news writing for their professional as they are executing their day-to-day duties,” said Zulu.

The five-day training focused on a 2019-2020 baseline report that was conducted in Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe centering on the trust in the media in the SADC region.

During the workshop, the participants were taken through issues ranging from digital Journalism, fact checking to verification techniques in news reporting.

On his part, MISA Malawi Vice Chairperson Cliff Kawanga sounded optimism that the training will assist the Malawian journalists to improve on credibility and ethics.

“As media in Malawi we have been criticised left, right and center for not doing some other things right and I believe that this training will equip the journalists we have to do their job differently,” said Kawanga.

The training saw a participation of 14 journalists from different media houses across the country.

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