JUMA concerned with Journalist abuse

Journalists Union of Malawi (JUMA) has expressed concern over the rising number of gender related violations among journalists in the country.

Juma President M’thetho Lungu disclosed this on Monday in Salima during a two day training workshop on Gender, Equity and Safety sensitization.

He observed that the Union has recorded a number of incidents where journalists have been victimized, assaulted and their rights violated in the line of duty.

Lungu said it is sad that many of the cases have gone unreported by journalists themselves who fear of losing their jobs among other reasons.

He said time has come for journalists to be empowered to disclose any kind of harassment to relevant authorities to put the malpractice to an end.

Lungu added that JUMA will continue to lobby for better perks as well as ensure good working conditions for journalists.

“We will continue to call for solidarity among stakeholders so that journalists’ voice is heard and that media managers or media owners address their concerns accordingly,” he said.

Commenting on the same, Managing Editor for Gambian’ News who was also a co-Facilitator at the training workshop Ndey Sessoh said Gender related violations in the media industry are not only happening in Malawi but across the globe.

She said the training, has therefore aimed at sensitizing and empowering media practitioners especially females to report such cases happening within their respective workplaces.

The training which attracted close to 30 participants, mostly females, focused on better salaries, workplace safety and sexual harassment.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA