MISA Malawi World Press Freedom Day 2018: Programme of events

MISA Malawi World Press Freedom Day 2018: Programme of events

Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law

Join MISA Malawi in its two-day celebrations for World Press Freedom Day 2018 under the theme: ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law’.

With this theme, MISA Malawi wants to cast the spotlight on the role of free and independent media in promoting justice and the rule of law.

The celebrations will be held at Mount Soche Hotel, Blantyre on Friday 4th May and Saturday 5th May.

The 2018 celebrations provide a unique opportunity for media professionals, media freedom activists, civil society, government and ordinary citizens to reflect on the state of freedom of expression, including media freedom and access to information. This is especially important as the country gears up for tripartite elections in May 2019.

All stakeholders will have an opportunity to discuss developments around freedom of expression and the role of the media in promoting the rule of law, including free and fair elections.

Day one of the two-day celebration, MISA Malawi will host a conference on ‘Investigative Journalism and Rule of Law: Reporting about Legal Proceedings’ and a meeting on ‘Self-regulation: Reviving the Media Council of Malawi’.

Day two activities include a freedom march, a media debate on ‘Media and Elections’ and a conference on ‘Building an Informed Nation through Participatory Community Broadcasting’. There will also be soccer and netball social matches as well as the awards gala dinner.

World Press Freedom Day 2018 Programme: Friday May 4

Investigative Journalism and Rule of Law: Reporting about Legal Proceedings
Mount Soche Hotel, Blantyre

08:30 – 09:00 Arrival and registration

09:00 – 09:15 Opening remarks

09:15 – 10:00 Presentation one: ‘Foundational Overview on Criminal Court Procedure’ by Professor Mwiza Nkhata, Chancellor College and President of the Malawi Law Society

10:00 – 10:30 Plenary

10:30 – 10:45 Tea break

10:45 – 11:30 Presentation two: ‘The Relationship between Journalism and High Profile Prosecutions: Case Studies from the United Kingdom’ by Nick Staite and Alan Bacarese, Basel Institute

11:30 – 12:00 Plenary

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 – 14:00 Presentation three: ‘Conducting effective investigations: Tips and experiences from Scotland Yard’ by former Scotland Yard Intelligence Officer Colin Ehren

14:00 – 14:30 Plenary

14:30 – 15:15 Resolutions and way forward

15:15 – 15:45 Closing remarks and refreshments

End of programme

Self-regulation: Reviving the Media Council of Malawi
Media Council of Malawi Annual General Meeting, Malawi Sun Hotel, Blantyre

08:30 – 09:00 Arrival and registration

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome remarks

  • MISA Malawi Chairperson
  • MCM Chairperson

09:15 – 09:45 Presentation one: ‘Reviving and Reforming the MCM: Lessons from Other Parts of the World’ by Albert Shara

09:45 – 10:00 Plenary

10:00 – 10: 15 Tea Break

10:15 – 10:30 Presentation two: Activities update/report from MCM

10:30 – 10:45 Matters arising from the report/minutes

10:45 – 11:15 Constitutional amendments

11:15 – 11:45 Election of new NGC/office members

11:45 – 12:00 Acceptance speech by elected chairperson-designate

End of meeting

World Press Freedom Day 2018 Programme: Saturday May 5

Freedom march and panel discussion

07:00 – 08:30 Freedom March from Chichi Upper Stadium to Malawi Sun Hotel

08:30 – 09:00 Arrival and registration

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome remarks

  • MISA Malawi Chairperson
  • Basile Fabrice, European Union Delegation to Malawi

09:15 – 10:45 Panel discussion: ‘The Role of the Media in Promoting Free and Fair Elections’

10:45 – 12:00 Snacks/refreshments and networking

End of morning programme

Conference on Participatory Broadcasting OR Football and netball games (parallel activities)

‘Building an Informed Nation through Participatory Community Broadcasting’

13:30 – 14:00 Arrival and registration

14:00 – 14:15 Opening remarks

14:15 – 14:45 Presentation one: ‘Effective Participatory Community Broadcasting’ Department of Journalism, University of Malawi

14:45 – 15:00 Plenary

15:00 – 15:15 Tea Break

15:15 – 15:45 Presentation Two: ‘Community Radio Association: Review of the Draft Community Radio Association Constitution’ by MISA Malawi

15:45 – 16:15 Plenary

16:15 – 16:45 Presentation Three: ‘Effective Governance in Community Radio stations: Lessons from Other Countries’ by Department of Journalism, University of Malawi,

16:45 – 17:00 Plenary

17:00 – 17:30 Resolutions and way forward

17:30 – 17:45 Closing remarks

End of programme

Games

13:30 – 16:30 pm College of Medicine Sports Complex

Mzuzu and Lilongwe select football and netball teams versus Blantyre select football and netball teams

Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony: Mount Soche Hotel

18:00 – 18:30 Arrival of guests

18:30 – 19:00 All guests seated

19:00 – 19:15 Arrival of guest of honour

19:15 – 19:50 Opening prayer and remarks

Speeches

  • Welcome remarks, MISA Malawi Chairperson
  • Remarks by UNICAF University representative
  • Remarks by UN Resident Representative
  • Keynote speaker, United States Ambassador to Malawi
  • Remarks, Guest of Honour: Minister of Information, and Communications Technology

19:50 – 20:35 Dinner

20:35 – 22:00 Presentation of Awards: Awards Committee Chairperson

22:00 Dance floor opens

End of programme

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