CHRR highlights media struggles in gathering mining information

Malawi’s Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has complained that the media in the country is struggling to access information on mining because the players involved are reluctant to release it.

CHRR’s Communications Officer Luke Tembo said the challenge is affecting the media’s efforts to relay relevant information that can help uplift the mining sector.

He said this during CHRR’s journalists’ orientation in Mzuzu on how they can access mining information from various stakeholders in Malawi.

Tembo: Sensitise journalists

“We want to sensitise journalists on issues of these two mines so that they expose some of the problems rocking sector,’’ Tembo said.

The centre has started implementing a pilot project called Access to Information on Mining in Malawi which is targeting some mines in Karonga district which has Kayelekela and Mwalambo mining sites.

The project comes after noting that the mining companies are among other things not fulfilling some of the agreements they signed with stakeholders like government and their employees.

Apart from sensitising the media, the centre will also engage traditional leaders in Karonga so that they can pass down information to their subjects.

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