The debate which took place on Wednesday in Blantyre centered on how distrust of the news is affecting African press.
It was attended by representatives of various sectors that include the faith community, private sector, media and the government.
The government was represented by Information minister Nicholas Dausi and Director of Communication at state house, Bright Molande.
It was agreed by the participants that fake news has become the order of the day due to social media.
The debate however degenerated to a media and government tussle, when some participants accused the government delegation of misinforming the President.
At the same debate representatives of the BBC applauded the Malawi leader for assenting to the long awaited Access To Information (ATI) Bill.
Media practitioners and the public have welcomed the decision stating that it is a move that will allow transparency in the country.
This comes almost two months since parliament passed the bill during its last sitting of 2016.
The legislation is among other provisions, empowering the public to demand and access any information from duty bearers including those holding various public offices.