The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says the media are an important partner in the fight against corruption.
The bureau’s senior public relations officer Egritta Ndala said this in Mulanje on Tuesday during a workshop on reporting elections which the graft-busting body organised in collaboration with Blantyre Press Club (BPC).
She said by acting as watchdogs and exposing corruption, journalists help prevent further acts of corruption.
Said Ndala: “As ACB, we depend on various stakeholders for the fight against corruption to be effective. The media plays a very important role in the society, people follow what you report and they believe that.”
She, however, bemoaned lack of understanding on corruption issues by some journalists which, she said, leads to misinformation.
“We cannot ignore members of the media, we need to engage you so that you understand what constitutes a corrupt practice, the symptoms of corruption, how the bureau operates and your role as the media in the fight against the vice,” said Ndala.
On his part, BPC president Blessings Kanache advised journalists to utilise the information they got from the training and share the knowledge with others at their various workplaces.
He said: “Issues of corruption are complex and it is important that as journalists, we have the technical know-how in reporting these issues. We thank ACB for this training and hope that we will continue having such trainings to benefit more.”
The press club is a media grouping for journalists based in the Southern Region and it has over 110 members. n