Minister of Information Gospel Kazako on Saturday launched the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Media Awards with a call to Malawian journalists to actively participate in the competition.
Speaking at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi District, he said Malawian journalists have what it takes to win the awards.
Said Kazako: “The awards were established to recognise best media work in disseminating information on Sadc to support the process of regional cooperation and integration.
“Now you being journalists within the Sadc region, please submit more articles, programmes and photographs compiled from January to December 2021 to stand a chance of winning.”
The minister assured the journalists that his ministry will support and give advice so that they write powerful news articles and produce quality programmes to compete favourably with those from the 16 Sadc member countries.
Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority director general Daudi Suleman, whose organisation supports the awards through the National Adjudication Committee, pledged to continue supporting all initiatives to ensure quality entries that can stand competition from entries of other Sadc member States.
“We want to see that Malawian entries are of high quality and that we beat other countries within the region,” he said.
During the launch, it was announced that in June this year, Malawi is expecting to host Regional Adjudication Committee Meeting to select winners of the 2022 Sadc Media Awards.
The regional meeting, which will draw participants from the Sadc 16 member States, is also scheduled to discuss other pertinent issues concerning the media in southern Africa.