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Government pledges to support AEJ

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Government has pledged to continue supporting environmental journalists in the country to ensure that they are given access to information and other necessities to advance their reporting on the subject matter.

Through the department of environmental affairs, government has also commended environmental journalist for their dedication in covering issues of environmental degradation as the country is facing many challenges arising from climate change.

Speaking during the Annual General Meeting of Association of Environmental Journalists (AEJ) held on Saturday in Lilongwe, Director of Environmental Affairs Taonga Mbale said government is behind the journalists hence it will fully support their work.

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Mbale said government appreciates the cause environmental journalists are advocating for in reporting matters regarding the environment.

“We are committed to work with this association and to provide them full support because without them it would be very hard to win this battle against environmental degradation. On behal f of government I would like to encourage them to report beyond by providing suggestions on how best they think government should intervene so that together we can find ways and means of conserving our environment,” stated Mbale.

Newly elected president f o r AEJ Mathews Malata encouraged fellow scribes to continue reporting environmental issues in a manner that will help to bring about change in environmental management.

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Malata explained that his leadership will ensure that the team has the resources it needs to push the work forward.

“ One of the challenges we have been facing as an association is resources because we need to go places and document information, but as you know the country is going through economic hardship hence media houses cannot afford to sponsor them. We will therefore lobby stakeholders to render a helping hand to make our work a success,” Malata said.

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