MISA Malawi Annual Media Awards 2020

MISA Malawi Annual Media Awards 2020

Saturday, October 3, 2020


“Journalism Without Fear or Favor”


MISA Malawi will this year celebrate the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

The celebrations will include a panel discussion on the state of Access to Information and media freedom in Malawi and the annual MISA Malawi Media Awards.

The overall theme for the celebrations is ‘Access to Information in Times of Crisis,’ to cast the spotlight on the importance of Access to Information during a crisis, such as the Covid – 19 pandemic.

The media awards will however narrow down and focus on ‘Journalism Without Fear or Favor,’ to secure independent journalism, which is one of the fundamental principles of the Windhoek Declaration.

Media independence is a key element in the 1991 Windhoek Declaration for the Development of a Free, Independent and Pluralistic Media, which led the UN to proclaim World Press Freedom Day in 1993. Media freedom requires not only laws that provide strong guarantees for freedom of expression, but also conditions that ensure media pluralism and independent journalism.

A detailed program for the celebrations is provided below.

Detailed Programme

1.) Panel Discussion: Saturday, October 3, Lilongwe

08:30 – 09:00            Arrival at Lilongwe Hotel

09:00 – 09:10            Registration

09:10 – 09:20            Welcome remarks

  1. MISA Malawi Chairperson
  2. EU Head of Delegation to Malawi

09:20 – 11:00           Panel discussion: ‘Access to Information and Media Freedom in Times of Crisis’

Guiding Questions

  1. What is the status of ATI and media freedom in Malawi?
  2. What is the importance of ATI and media freedom in times of crisis?
  3. Has ATI and media freedom helped Malawi effectively respond to the Covid – 19 Pandemic?
  4. What are the barriers to access to information in Malawi? What needs to be done? By who?
11:00 – 11:30 Golden Key and Golden Padlock Awards
11:30 – 12:00 Plenary
12:00 – End of meeting
End of morning Programme
2.) Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony: Sunbird Capital Hotel, Lilongwe
18:00 – 18:30 Arrival of guests
18:30 – 19:00 All guests seated
19:00 – 19:15 Arrival of Guest of Honor
19:15 – 19:50 Opening prayer and remarks
Speeches: Welcome Remarks, Misa Malawi Chairperson


Remarks by UNFPA Representative Ms Young Hong
Testimony of attacks on journalists – Bobby Kabango
Key Note speaker – Germany Ambassador to Malawi
Remarks by Guest of Honor: Minister of Information, and
Communications Technology, Hon Gospel Kazako
19:50 – 20:35 Dinner
20:35 – 22:00 Presentation of Awards: Awards Committee Chairperson
22:00 Dance floor opens


About MISA Malawi

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi was founded in 1996. Its work focuses on promoting, and advocating for, the unhindered enjoyment of freedom of expression, access to information and a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media.