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The best of times and the worst of times for journalism

Jennifer Thomas, an award-winning, veteran American broadcast journalist, was invited by the United States Embassy (South Africa) to address the Cape Town Press Club on media coverage of elections in the age of fake news late last month...

By Juanita Pienaar 14 Nov 2018

How to deal with the troll armies
How to deal with the troll armies

Reporters Without Borders has recommended that media organisations and journalists around the world strengthen training in digital security in the face of increasing cyberviolence...

By Louise Marsland 31 Jul 2018

Anton Harber
Bloomberg's Africa media plan raises questions

It may be imprudent to write this about someone who is spending $10m on African journalism. But then, of all the things I have been accused of in my time, prudence was never among them.

By Anton Harber 7 Feb 2014

Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice
Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice

The African Media Leaders Forum in Addis Ababa last week ended on a weak note: Politicians want the media to generate a new, positive African narrative.

By Anton Harber 15 Nov 2013

Danette Breitenbach
Y&R: I have an agency...

Y&R is committed to having 20 agencies on the African continent by 2015. Leading the charge to achieve this is Yossi Schwartz, chairman of Y&R South Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 5 Sep 2013

Gregory Gondwe
Govt. tells journos to try self-employment

Malawi government on Friday asked graduating students from the Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) to be innovative and to try self-employment instead of waiting on Malawi's small media industry to take them on board.

By Gregory Gondwe 19 Nov 2012

Gregory Gondwe
MISA trains journos on child reporting

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has trained Malawi journalists on child reporting. An initiative MISA programme specialist for Media Freedom Monitoring and Research, Levi Kabwato describes as an on-going effort towards empowering journalists to report informatively and positively on children and child rights.

By Gregory Gondwe 16 Nov 2012

Gregory Gondwe
NPL transforms Malawi newspaper industry

Nation Publications Limited (NPL) has made a bold move by purchasing a brand new 'Hong Hwa 'Newsfaster' Web Offset Press', a printing machine that has given room to more newspaper business innovations set to transform the newspaper industry in Malawi to stand shoulder to shoulder with the global standards.

By Gregory Gondwe 12 Nov 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Government differs with MISA on arrested journo

The government of Malawi have reacted to the arrest of Justice Mponda, an online journalist, saying it is becoming increasingly concerned with the false publication by Malawi Voice where the journalist worked for. Mponda has since been released on bail by the Lilongwe Senior Magistrates Court.

By Gregory Gondwe 17 Oct 2012

Gregory Gondwe
MISA protests against draft E-Bill

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has protested against the draft E-Bill which the government of Malawi released to the public to get more input as an enemy of media freedom and freedom of expression.

By Gregory Gondwe 8 Oct 2012

Gregory Gondwe
NPL launches mobile news service

Nation Publications Limited (NPL) in Malawi has launched a mobile news service branded 'Nation Mobile 58080'. The service enables subscribers to receive news sent directly to their mobile phones.

By Gregory Gondwe 19 Sep 2012

Women lawyers engage media in property rights
Women lawyers engage media in property rights

Malawi chapter of the Women in Law Southern Africa (WLSA Malawi) last week trained journalists from different media disciplines to effectively document cases where women suffer injustices of unfair distribution of marital property due to the current legal framework.

By Gregory Gondwe 10 Sep 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Banda engages media over border dispute with Tanzania

President Joyce Banda last week engaged media managers to try to reason with them to project positive reporting over the border dispute that has ensued between Malawi and Tanzania.

By Gregory Gondwe 17 Aug 2012

Kasunda elected as MISA regional chair
Kasunda elected as MISA regional chair

Anthony Kasunda, the chairperson of the Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has been elected chairperson of the MISA Regional Governing Council (RGC) at the 2012 Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 29 July 2012, at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre in Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa.

By Gregory Gondwe 31 Jul 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Malawi's newspaper companies trying to out-do each other

Malawi's two major newspaper companies are set to revolutionise the newspaper industry as both have announced acquisition of new printing machines.

By Gregory Gondwe 13 Jul 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Malawi media faulted for mass killings

A Commission of Enquiry instituted by the Malawi presidency to establish what prompted the police to kill 20 people during a mass demonstration in July 2011 has faulted the media for fanning the violence that led to the death of the people.The findings have however been dismissed by media bodies in the country.

By Gregory Gondwe 10 Jul 2012

MISA hails Banda's media stance
MISA hails Banda's media stance

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has hailed Malawian president Joyce Banda for meeting media managers, owners and media organisations at her Sanjika Palace in Blantyre on 25 June 2012, where she pledged to look into some of the challenges the media face in the country.

By Gregory Gondwe 28 Jun 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Govt scrapes off VAT on newspapers

The Malawian government has scrapped off 16.5% Value Added Tax (VAT) on newspapers a year after it was introduced by the regime of late president Bingu wa Mutharika, where he was implementing a zero deficit budget that necessitated taxing everything.

By Gregory Gondwe 11 Jun 2012

Gregory Gondwe
President Banda talks on arrested journo

President Joyce Banda has perhaps become the first Malawi head of state to directly comment on the arrest of a media practitioner and express regret over it.

By Gregory Gondwe 4 Jun 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Journos train in science and health reporting

Media practitioners in Malawi underwent a science and health reporting workshop in Blantyre over the weekend, as part of an initiative by Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLW), to equip journalists to establish health as a regular journalism beat.

By Gregory Gondwe 23 May 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Govt to repeal oppressive media law

President Joyce Banda announced on Friday, May 18 2012, that her government will repeal a piece of legislation that was meant to oppress the media which was being championed by the late president Bingu wa Mutharika.

By Gregory Gondwe 21 May 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Malawi newspapers risk legal punishment

Government has warned publishers, among them newspapers companies, of a legal punishment if they fail to deposit copies of their publications with the National Archives of Malawi within two months from date of publication.

By Gregory Gondwe 21 May 2012

BNL and ZBS win big at 2012 MISA Awards
BNL and ZBS win big at 2012 MISA Awards

Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) and Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) triumphed over all other media institutions in Malawi to emerge as the Best Print and Electronic Media House of the Year respectively at the 2012 MISA-Malawi Annual Media Awards. The winners were announced at a ceremony marking this year's World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) commemoration in Lilongwe on Saturday, 5 May 2012.

By Gregory Gondwe 8 May 2012

MISA-Malawi wants repeal of media laws
MISA-Malawi wants repeal of media laws

The Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has asked government to consider repealing all laws that are inconsistent with the constitution and those considered as an insult to the media fraternity in Malawi.

By Gregory Gondwe 4 May 2012

Malawi: Environmental journos hail new government
Malawi: Environmental journos hail new government

The Association of Environmental Journalists in Malawi (AEJ-Malawi) has hailed the country's new president Joyce Banda for creating a ministry responsible for environment and climate change management and subsequently appointing Catherine Gotani Hara as minister responsible.

By Gregory Gondwe 3 May 2012

Late Mutharika still fights media
Late Mutharika still fights media

Although the late president of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika has passed, his past relationship with the media still continues to show face.

By Gregory Gondwe 25 Apr 2012

Malawi: Lawyer faults Banda on MBC appointment
Malawi: Lawyer faults Banda on MBC appointment

Justin Dzodzi, a private lawyer, has faulted President Joyce Banda's decision to fire Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) CEO Bright Malopa and replace him with veteran broadcaster Dr. Benson Tembo.

By Gregory Gondwe 23 Apr 2012

Malawi ready for World Press Freedom Day
Malawi ready for World Press Freedom Day

The Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has announced how charged media practitioners are for this year's celebrations of the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on 3 May 2012.

By Gregory Gondwe 23 Apr 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Turn MBC into public broadcaster - Banda told

Malawi's daily newspaper, The Daily Times has told newly instated president Joyce Banda to change the status of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) from being a state broadcaster to a public broadcaster.

By Gregory Gondwe 16 Apr 2012

BNL launches The Business Times
BNL launches The Business Times

Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) has launched a fifth title after the first issue of an exclusively business newspaper called The Business Times hit the streets last week.

By Gregory Gondwe 10 Apr 2012

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