Lilongwe, Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) has partnered with journalists from different media organizations in the country, in a quest to promote the understanding of Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) III among the public.
The Media personnel which MEJN has partnered include; reporters, producers and editors from different media organizations such as; Mana, Maziko Radio Station, Pentecostal Life Radio and Mudzi Wathu Community Radio Station just to mention a few.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), MEJN Programmes Manager Bertha Phiri said that, her organization decided to partner with media after realizing the great role which media play in the country, particularly in educating and informing the masses.
As MEJN we decided to engage the media in our work of promoting MGDS III after we realized that, media is an important ally that provides awareness to the general public including the local masses, she said.
MEJN is implementing a five year project dubbed ‘Enhancing Social Accountability for Better Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) III Development Results and Outcomes’ with funding from IM Swedish Development partner.
Phiri said that, the mission of the project is to promote social accountability and also to empower the public to understand the agenda and objectives of MGDS III.
With the project we want to take MGDS III to the people so that they should understand its contents and get empowered, after being empowered we are sure that, they will be able to claim or demand from their duty bearers the developments they want, Phiri said.
Recently, MEJN conducted media orientation meeting where the organization officials oriented the media on the agendas and objectives of MEJN’s project and also the areas to tackle when covering stories of the project.
One of the journalist who patronized the conference, who is Maziko Radio Station Producer, Presenter and Reporter, Venitta Mkaka commended MEJN for imparting knowledge to journalists patterning MGDS III, saying that this is what media personnel are seeking in the country.
MEJN has done what we are looking for as Journalists, many organizations are doing their projects without orienting the media on the issues concerning the projects, as a result we disseminate indistinct information to the public, he noted.
Source: MANA Online