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2022 World Press Freedom Day

WPFD2022 - Malawi
20 Feb, 2022
WPFD2022 celebrations will take place in Mzuzu city and NkhataBay district on May 6 & May 7.

Friday, May 6 & Saturday, May 7, 2022


Journalism under Surveillance’

MISA Malawi would like to inform its membership, partners and stakeholders that the 2022 World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) celebrations will take place in Mzuzu city and NkhataBay district on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 2022.

The overall theme for 2022 celebrations is ‘Journalism under Surveillance’. The theme spotlights the impact of digital surveillance by state and non-state actors on journalism, freedom of expression and privacy. It also highlights the associated challenges to media viability in digital times and threats to public trust arising from surveillance and digitally-mediated attacks on journalists, and the consequences of all this on public trust in digital communications.

The theme also looks at how big data collection and Artificial Intelligence (AI) impact journalism, freedom of expression and privacy. It offers an opportunity for us to discuss and deal with digital inspired surveillance, trolls and privacy violations against journalists and their sources. It is time for us to call for action against any digital surveillance by governments and non-state actors and call for transparency on how internet platform companies collect and keep data and the impact of the same on safety of journalists and their sources.

The activities on the day will include the traditional Freedom March, Fundraising Relay Race and MISA Malawi Annual Media Awards Gala Dinner in NkhataBay district (venue to be communicated in due course).

Fundraising Relay Race

MISA Malawi will utilise WPFD 2022 celebrations to fundraise for the second phase of Mtolankhani House project. A big fundraising activity lined up for Saturday, May 7, 2022 is a 50-kilometre Relay Race (From Mzuzu to NkhataBay). In this race, participating companies, organisations, individuals are supposed to pay K300, 000 for a team of 10 (6 men and 4 ladies).

Each individual team member will be expected to cover a distance of 5 kilometres before passing the baton to the next team member. Teams will be allowed to put on their own business branded sportswear and they are also expected to transport their team members to the designated spots along Mzuzu-NkhataBay road. MISA Malawi will provide first aid services.

Detailed programme for the celebrations is provided below.

Detailed Programme

Friday, May 6, 2022

1) Panel Discussion : ‘Journalism under Digital Siege’

18:0020:00 Panel Discussion : Sunbird Mzuzu Hotel

        1. Welcome Remarks by MISA Malawi Chairperson

        2. Remarks by Representative of Panel Discussion Sponsor

        3. Discussion

Saturday, May 7, 2022

1) Freedom March

07:00 – 7:30 Freedom March from Mzuzu Upper Stadium to Mzuzu – NkhataBay Road

2) Relay Race

7:30 – 10:30 Fundraising Relay Race

10:30– 11:30 Relay Race Prize Presentation Ceremony and refreshments.

End of morning Programme

2). Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony: (Venue to be communicated in due course)

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 – 19:30 Opening prayer and remarks

Speeches: Welcome Remarks, Misa Malawi Chairperson

Keynote speaker –

Remarks by Guest of Honour: Minister of Information and Digitization, Hon Gospel Kazako

19:30 – 20:30 Dinner

20:30 – 21:30 Presentation of Awards: Awards Committee Chairperson

21:30 – 22:00 Dance floor opens

End of Programme


MISA Malawi Chairperson Teresa Ndanga
+265 999 247 911 or email teresa.temweka@gmail.com
MISA Malawi National Director Aubrey Chikungwa
+265 999 327 311 or email info@misamalawi.org

About MISA

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) was founded in 1992. 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.

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