In the News: MISA Malawi launches a new journalism training centre

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Melissa Tsungai Zisengwe
Nov 15 · 2 min read
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MISA Malawi launches new journalism training centre

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Malawi Chapter, launched the Mtolankhani House. The Centre will help MISA Malawi promote journalistic excellence and at the same time ensure the promotion of media freedom and freedom of expression.

The MISA Malawi Training Centre will help improve the standards of journalism in Malawi and help strengthen MISA Malawi’s efforts to promote and protect media freedom in the country.

“We will complement the work of other journalism training institutions and run tailor-designed courses to improve the quality and standards of journalism in the country,” said MISA Malawi Chairperson Teresa Ndanga.

Sierra Leone government charge editor with defamation for an unpublished story

Reporters Without Borders has reported that Sierra Leone authorities arrested and charged the managing editor of the Freetown newspaper, The Times, Sallieu Tejan Jalloh with criminal defamation for an article he has not yet written.

He was arrested in Freetown on 11 November while investigating an alleged case of corruption involving a member of the government, Jalloh was held for 24 hours at the Criminal Investigations Department and was then released on bail after being charged with “defamation and seditious libel.”

Sierra Leone is ranked 86th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.

Eleven civil society organisations create the Forum on Information & Democracy entity

Eleven civil society organisations from around the world, including two from South Africa have partnered and created the Forum on Information and Democracy, a new international entity tasked to implement the principles of the International Partnership on information & Democracy, an intergovernmental agreement signed by a coalition of 31 countries on the margins of the UN General Assembly last September 2018. It is the continuation of the international process launched by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in September 2018.

“This new entity will issue recommendations for standards in order to encourage the regulation and self-regulation of the space of information and communication,” reports Reporters Without Borders.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Kenya Media Week 2019

The Kenya Media Week conference will continue to explore current and emerging trends in digital innovations for journalism. The conference is keen to hear from new voices in journalism. The conference’s intention is to foster collaborations that could promote public interest journalism through digital platforms.

Date and Time: 27 Nov, 2019, 8:00 AM — 29 Nov , 2019, 5:00 PM EAT

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Melissa Tsungai Zisengwe

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The JAMLAB Newsletter is produced by Wits Journalism. The Journalism and Media Lab, Tshimologong Digitial Innovation Precinct, Johannesburg supports innovators to bring new information, new ideas and new conversations to new audiences in Africa.

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