MISA Malawi advises journalists on safety under lockdown

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By Catherine Tinto

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Chapter has cautioned all journalist in various media houses in the country to take heed of all the safety measures during the 21 day nationwide lockdown.

The sentiments come considering that the media is among some of the few sectors that will be operative during the lockdown.

In a statement, MISA Malawi chairperson Tereza Ndanga advises journalists to provide accurate and credible information to the citizens on the lockdown and coronavirus.

Ndanga urges journalist to adhere to the lockdown guidelines and take all safety and hygiene precautions, including avoiding crowded places and observing recommended physical distance.

She says journalists should avoid the use of mobile phones to do physical one-on-one interviews and conduct regular disinfection of equipment such as cameras, recorders and microphones.

She appeals to all media houses to ensure that journalists on duty have Employee Identity Card- ID or media jackets for easy identification.
Law enforcement agencies and officers are also advised to ensure that media freedom, freedom of expression and right to information are respected and safeguarded.

In a related development, MISA Malawi has postponed activities for the World Press Freedom Day celebrations and the elective Annual General Meeting which was scheduled for May 3.

The National Government Council has agreed that the annual media awards and Freedom March be done alongside activities marking the Right to Know Day on September 28.

But preparations for the Elective Annual General Meeting will proceed as initially planned, and the actual date will be announced later, depending on the improvement of the coronavirus situation.




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