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.
Friday, May 6, 2022
1) Panel Discussion : ‘Journalism under Digital Siege’
18:00– 20:00 Panel Discussion : Sunbird Mzuzu Hotel
Welcome Remarks by MISA Malawi Chairperson
Remarks by Representative of Panel Discussion Sponsor
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