MISA Malawi works with different stakeholders including journalists and media institutions to, among other things, improve the skills base and professionalism of media workers, promote and facilitate effective use and access to the media by all sections of society and maintain an environment conducive to relevant and effective advocacy campaigns on media freedom and freedom of expression.
Our work includes:
MISA Malawi monitors the media landscape to identify, document and publicise both positive and negative developments around media freedom and freedom of expression. The Chapter also monitors coverage of specific issues to inform capacity building initiatives for the sector. Our monitoring largely centres on two main areas:
- Media freedom and Freedom of Expression monitoring which leads to issuance of alerts and communiqués on both positive and negative developments within the sector and the nation in general
- Media coverage of elections to ensure issue based reporting and improve the skills base and professionalism of media workers
MISA Malawi gives out awards every year as part of the celebrations to mark World Press Freedom Day. The awards are aimed at motivating journalists to improve coverage of specialised fields such as health, agriculture, child rights or human rights and at the same time provide the Chapter with an opportunity to assess gaps in the sector. The awards have grown from seven in 2003 to 49 in 2016.
Capacity building and training
MISA Malawi believes that a “less informed and competent media is a hazard to society.” The Chapter therefore partners with different stakeholders to build the capacity of the media and ensure that the sector is knowledgeable, accountable and professional.
Our training programmes target both reporters and editors from all types of media houses, including community and faith-based. The training programmes include issue-based elections reporting, child rights and health, among others.
MISA Malawi carries out research on a regular basis to inform its advocacy work. Most of our research focuses on media law and the state of media freedom and free expression. But we also carry out research on media coverage of specific topics and issues such child health and child rights.
MISA Malawi, like the MISA family across the region, strives for a free, independent and diverse media sector and advocacy is a key component of our work. Media monitoring and research informs our advocacy work. Our current advocacy work is on Access to Information (ATI), broadcasting diversity and law reform, with a focus on decriminalisation of free speech.