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Investigative journalism crucial in public finance management

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By Eric Msikiti

Veteran journalist Ephraim Munthali has said investigative journalism is crucial in holding duty-bearers accountable regarding how they utilise public resources.

Munthali was making a presentation in Salima during a training session for journalists in public finance management.

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“Traditional investigative journalism is more important today than ever before because we have to investigate and verify things that are said on social media.

“Ideally, the coming of social media is not a deterrent to the work of traditional journalism because consumers of news will always need to verify what is posted there,” Munthali said.

The workshop was organised by a consortium of Oxfam, Economics Association of Malawi and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, funded by the European Union.

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Its aim was to build the capacity of journalists in following public money allocated to various sectors in the country.

Oxfam Communications Manager for Southern Africa, Daud Kaisi, has since commended journalists for their role in holding duty-bearers accountable in the use of public funds.

The journalists’ work, according to Kaisi, is crucial in enhancing public transparency and accountability in the country.

“We would like to commend the media for exposing fraud and corruption in Malawi. What this training seeks to achieve is to enhance the capacity of the local media to track and bring officials to account on how they use public finances,” Kaisi said.

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