A new multimedia privately owned news service, Lilongwe News Agency (LINA) has been established in Malawi “to complement efforts” of other media houses by providing additional news material and other related services to local and international news organizations.
Managing Editor of LIna, Paul Akomenji said the new outlet duly registered and Malawian-owned independent wire service.
Malawi has only one official news service, the Malawi News Agency (Mana).
Veteran Malawian journalists Paul Akomenji, Sam Makaka, Silvester Nyoni and Mundango Nyirenda, with a variety of experiences in wire news service, print and electronic media, and online news were compelled to create an independent news agency to operate on non partisan basis.
“ Up to now the voice of an ordinary man is often not heard, LINA is formed with the crucial obligation to help capture stories of the common man most of whom live in rural areas,” Akomenji said.
Established and registered in October, 2014, the news agency is headquartered in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city with regional offices to be established in Blantyre in the Southern Region, and Mzuzu in the Northern Region.
“The agency will source news materials in different forms such as wire reports, video clips, still photographs and other related media materials from all districts of Malawi and distribute them to various media organizations [on subscription],” said Akomenji.
He said the team will be guided and backstopped by an advisory board consisting of esteemed members of society.