Media executives have been urged to ensure that journalists generate investigative and informative stories which expose ‘hidden’ issues that hinder the country’s progress in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV), HIV and Aids and human rights abuse.
Journalists’ Association Against Aids (JournAIDS) executive director Christopher Bauti made the appeal on Wednesday at a breakfast meeting for editors and bureau chiefs for various media houses in Lilongwe.
JournAIDS hosted the meeting in conjunction with the National Association of People Living with HIV in Malawi (Napham) to inform media executives about developments in the country’s war against the three vices.
“As journalists, we need to dig deep, to expose hidden issues which have retarded our progress in fighting the three enemies. The stories need to be well reported that the people concerned and authorities should be moved to take corrective measures,” Bauti said.
Earlier, JournAIDS programme manager Dingaan Mithi said one of the aims of the meeting was to drum up increased media coverage on the national fight against GBV, HIV and Aids and human rights abuse.
He pointed out that JournAIDS, in collaboration with Napham, is implementing an K82 million two-year project called Positive Voices Against Gender-Based Violence.
The project is funded by the European Union (EU), through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights and the Country-Based Support Scheme.