Some of the key findings:

  • Kambalame said that the report has revealed that “sometimes the media especially the print media will publish interesting and powerful investigative pieces but there is a need to follow-up on these issues as well to see them to their logical conclusion”. She explains that when journalists report on a story, it isn’t investigated further.
  • Kambalame said she recognizes that journalists face many challenges outlined in the report, such as low pay and long hours . However “if a journalist recognizes that they are “there to defend the public good and that their job is a calling, then they should play their rightful role in society,” said Kambalame.
  • “There is a fear amongst journalists to tackle corruption from within. Politicians have capitalized on the low pay journalists receive, under resourced newsrooms. Essentially politicians take advantage of the challenges that journalists face,” said Kambalame.
  • Ndanga said that media houses are struggling financially, which translates to journalists being paid poorly. Find a solution to help these media houses to make money and therefore can pay journalists better.
  • She explains that a politician is supporting so many media houses in Malawi. “Even if a media house isn’t owned by a politician, the sustainability of media houses is driven by some political form”.

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