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Skills development and monitoring mechanism for the safety of journalists in Malawi

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US$8 000.00

Journalists in Malawi face considerable risks to their safety as they conduct their professional duties. Restrictive media laws are in place and some journalists are not aware of the full implication of these laws, which exposes them to even greater danger. For example, during the protests on 20 July 2011 about issues of human rights and poor governance, police ordered a crackdown on journalists attempting to cover the event and reportedly beat, arrested and harassed some of them. The state broadcasting regulator also directed three independent radio stations to stop coverage of the protest.
In view of the above, MIJ plans to organize a training workshop for journalists to educate them on their rights, the legal context and the threats they face as well as to equip them with first aid skills. The proposed training will use the UNESCO produced “Model Curricula for Journalism Education: A Compendium of New Syllabi”, which incorporates a module on safety and journalism.  

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Malawi Institute of Journalism
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The Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) is a public institution established in 1995 to improve the quality of journalism in Malawi through the promotion of media independence and professionalism. To date, the MIJ has trained over hundreds of journalists under the Diploma in Journalism Programme and hundreds others under the Certificate in Journalism Programme. In addition to the academic programmes, the MIJ also offers customised training courses in such emerging social issues as elections, corruption, drug and substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and others.

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+265 01875154

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Mrs Dalitso Nkunika, Executive Director

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Nineteen journalists from print and electronic media (5 of which female) were trained on the local existing media laws to promote the safety of journalists and strengthen the safety monitoring network for reporting journalists in danger. As a result, the safety of these journalists was strengthened.