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Hanging out: The Mangochi fellowship

We from the Crew wish all scribes – that is, journalists and media workers –the best as they converge in Mangochi for their annual event; the World Press Freedom Day.

We, without reservation, hereby write this statement in solidarity to the media for the good role they play in disseminating information, educating us, criticizing those that goof in governance and all other fields and issues.

We from the Crew, indeed feel these ladies and gentlemen of the pen, deserve a big pat on the back for making our country not drift deeper into a fools trench, considering without their checks and balances, our politicians would have taken us to ‘hell’ at a supersonic speed.

Kudos you media practitioners at all levels of the trade for exposing such things like corruption, Cashgate, sinister intentions, and even things that happen in closed doors. We equally thank you for not cowering when some big shots intimidate you, castigate you, threaten you and even beat you up.

We don’t take your job for granted, we from the Crew don’t just read your papers, listen to your radio reports or just watch your TV reports … NO, we follow what you report and act on it; that is, if it is within our scope or line of action.

Of course we plead with you to be objective. We advise you to stick to your credibility and not add or subtract for the sake of appeasing some quarters or fearing some consequencies.

We have heard before – of course we are not sure it is true – that some characters within your fold take bribes, solicit bribes or even intimidate sources to bribe them. Please, if this is true, the tendency must stop rest you dent your credibility.

We know that the media is the Fourth Estate of government and as such, credibility is a must. If you don’t stick to that, how then can you be a watchdog of the voiceless? Would you not fall into the same deep waters of corruption like some elements of the three other Estates?

Go guys, fellowship well in Mangochi… remind both the authorities and plebeians that Malawi deserves a better atmosphere, a better political arena.

Remind them that it is a must that the Access to Information Bill be passed and without being butchered. Remind them, we mean government, that they should not gag the media or arrest journalist for doing their job.

Remind the society that the media deserves a better terrain to perform their job and not be treated as kids or dogs.

But some words of caution to you fellas from the Crew.

Don’t drink and drive; don’t indulge into promiscuous acts in Mangochi….don’t put lives of your spouses at risk. Kunjaku kuli Edzi…ku Mangochi’nso kuli Chambu…mukafako!

And please, Mangochi is a lake resort, take care…don’t swim in the lake or swimming pools when your heads are intoxicated with alcohol.

Zabwino zonse, akuteronso ‘Atsogoleri’ ndi anzawo!

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