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KAZAKO— Be impartial

Representatives of community radio stations have asked the government to engage them when disseminating information related to national development activities.

Board Chairperson for Lilanguka Community Radio Station in Mangochi, Pastor Chozeka Emmanuel, made the remarks on Tuesday when Information Minister Gospel Kazako visited the station and Dzimwe Community Radio to appreciate challenges besetting the two stations.

“Most community radio stations in the country face similar challenges, which are mainly to do with lack of funds. This affects implementation of activities. For example, most community radio stations struggle to pay fees to the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority because their sources of income are limited.

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“However, if the government can partner us, we can raise some funds through, for example, the airing of development programs which the government is implementing. We want the government to consider us when giving business to established media houses,” Emmanuel said.

Kazako said the government appreciated community radio stations’ role in national development, especially when it comes to reaching out to hard-to-reach areas which are mostly not serviced by national broadcasters.

He pledged to get in touch with his Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development counterpart to brainstorm on how local councils could create mutual relationships with community radio stations.

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Meanwhile, Kazako has advised community radio stations to remain objective, saying this was a sure way of fostering peace among community members.

“Community radio stations should always be impartial. Stay clear of practices that may create political and religious divisions among Malawians,” he said.

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