Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Chapter has strongly condemned growing tendencies of barring or banning journalists from covering various public functions labeling the malpractice as violation of the right to know.
The MISA Malawi Chapter has reminded individuals and organizations that it is provided with constitutional obligation and right to inform.
This comes amid rising reports of journalists who are either barred or banned from covering functions of the nature to be known by the masses.
In a press statement, the chapter has expressed that the limitations on the rights being violated are unconstitutional bearing in mind that their motives are not only unclear but groundless as well.
“MISA Malawi would therefore like to appeal to stakeholders to explore other means of resolving misunderstandings with journalists or the media at large”, reads the statement in part.
The chapter has therefore urged individuals to desist from the malpractice or to report any misunderstandings with individual journalists or some media outlets.
“The sector has clearly defined processes and procedures of dealing with irresponsible and wayward journalists and would like to encourage people to engage MISA or Media Council of Malawi whenever disagreements with journalists or media arise” also reads part of the statement.
The media institution has further stated that barring or banning of journalists is in no way an answer or remedy to concerns of the individuals or organizations.