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Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Sam Tembenu, has challenged Sports Writers Association (Swam) members to be factual and avoid distorting facts when reporting.

Tembenu, who was the guest of honour in place of Minister of Labour, Sports, Youth and Manpower Development, Francis Kasaila, made the remarks at Sunbird Livingstonia Beach in Salima on Saturday during Swam’s annual general meeting and World Sports Journalists’ Day celebrations.

Tembenu said it was important for reporters to be factual in their work.

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“It helps to take stock of what we have done, what we are not doing well and what we can do. So, all those things can best be described at a forum like this where you sports journalists converge. I do believe that the first principal in sports journalism is that you always ought to tell the truth whether it bites somebody, but it has to be told,” he said.

“If you distort facts, it might de-motivate others, but if you tell the truth, it motivates others.”

Swam Board Chairperson, Gracian Tukula, said he was delighted to see that sports writers in Malawi had, for the first time, joined their counterparts throughout the world in commemorating the day.

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“I want to encourage all of you never to be contented with the fact that you are some sort of celebrities and people are able to spot you in public. Read more, research more and feed your audiences only with information that is accurate and can add value to the national discourse,” he said.

During the celebrations, Swam members donated various items to Salima District Hospital on Friday courtesy of support from Candlex Limited and Capital Oil Refining Industries.

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri donated K2 million towards the event which TNM, Football Association of Malawi (Fam), Teveta, Malawi Olympic Committee, Super Sakuwa and FD Communications, among many others, supported.

Fam Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, also drilled the participants in Club Licensing among others.

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