The United States Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, has urged ordinary Malawians to stand up and speak out about what the Public Sector Reforms and Public Financial Management Reforms mean to them personally.
“For example, what happens to them when clinic officials fail to show to work on time, or life-saving drugs are stolen from government pharmacies. Through good investigative reporting, your work can magnify those stories, and as a result, have an impact in effecting needed changes,” she said at the closing of a week-long training on investigative journalism for print and electronic journalists.
Palmer stressed that she believes that reforms are crucial for Malawi and journalists’ continued close attention to the progress of the reforms is crucial to keeping them on track.
“Good investigative reporting, especially related to financial crimes and corruption, can be challenging, time-consuming and sometimes dangerous, but it’s vitally important in a democratic nation, be it US or Malawi,” she said.
Misa Malawi Vice Chairperson, Yvonnie Sundu asked journalists to expose malpractices that limit the country’s ability to move forward.
“Take the knowledge and skills you have gained here to promote change and influence the development of positive policies and reforms that will help our country develop. Change starts with taking one first step in the right direction and that can surely start with us,” she said.
Sundu disclosed that US Mission in Malawi has been supporting free and pluralistic media and Misa Malawi’s work for a long time.
The training was co-sponsored by the US Embassy and Misa Malawi
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