Fake news worries Minister Mkaka, urges Nice Trust to tame it

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eisenhower Mkaka has expressed worry over the escalation of fake news in the country, saying in wake of Covid-19 pandemic, disinformation will slacken government’s efforts to fight it.

Minister Mkaka: Worried with disinformation.

He said this on Tuesday at Riverside Hotel in Lilongwe during the opening of a capacity building workshop on Covid-19 and regional integration organized by the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Public Trust.

The Trust, wants community radios to act as a vehicle in cascading information on Covid-19 and regional integration to the communities, which, it observes, it intertwines.

Speaking in an interview after opening the workshop, the minister lamented with the increase and the supersonic speed of fake news, saying it is doing the country more harm than good.

“As a country we are worried with the rate at which fake news is spreading, especially now when we have been ravaged by Covid-19 pandemic,”he said.

Mkaka observed that people are sharing interesting but false pieces of information about Covid-19, saying the attitude is hampering government’s efforts in promoting preventive measures.

“This behaviour is bad. Fake news has an iota that can make other people believe such information. Therefore, spreading it, means frustrating all the efforts of dealing with the virus as we have done as a country,” he pointed out

However, the minister thanked Nice for organizing the workshop, saying it will offer solutions to the problem of fake news due to the involvement of community representatives which, he believes they will tell people the right information.

“I expect you to emphasize on precautionary measures and removing stigma associated with those that have tested positive as this discourages members of the community from volunteering to take Covid-19 tests,” he stressed.

In his remarks, Nice Trust Executive Director, OllenMwalubunju said it remains the Trust’s quest to achieve goals, one of which is through the engagement of community radios.

“We very much value community radios due to crucial issues in information dissemination in their areas. What they do in civic educating the masses is in tandem with our plans of civic educating people,” he said.

He said now that the country is plagued with Covid-19, prompted his organization to rope in the community radios, which he expects will drive home correct information about the pandemic.

“To this effect, we pledge to continue engaging more community radio stations in order to save more Malawians,” he committed.

Fake news is “fabricated information that mimics news media content in form but not in organizational process or intent. Fake-news outlets or carriers, in turn, lack the news media’s editorial norms and processes for ensuring the accuracy and credibility of information.

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Rute
Rute
10 months ago

Don’t complain now Mkaka because MCP and UTM thrived on FAKE news. You created FAKE news by denying there is COVID to win elections. Don’t cry to day. We were told by Chakwera, Chilima and Joyce Banda that there is no COVID.

Bob Finyeol9
Bob Finyeol9
10 months ago

You were saying there was no COVID-19 in Malawi. Where has it come from?

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
10 months ago

Amene ankati COVID19 kulibeko ku Malawi ndani? Nde pano mwayitengano kuti corona kuti ifike kuno ku malawi? Mesa ndinu nomwe mnkakwera pachulu nkumati ndi bodza lankunkhuniza zoti ku malawi kuli COVID?. Panya panu fosek!!

thava east
10 months ago
Reply to  Malawi walero

iwe chitsiru kwambiri mwaiwala kuti ndi chi mbuzi chanu chopusa amachibera khadi la mra mahule ake ndikumaba ndi amwenye yemwe amaitanitsa dala covid from joni popanda quarantine just letting them go free to spread the virus so that he still be at the state hou illigally mwanya agalu inu munatulutsidwabe ku state house after serving one term za 2084 zinakanika panyo panu nonse mwamva

CAHA
CAHA
10 months ago
Reply to  thava east

Vomerezani kuti Karma has caught up with Chakwera. He is reaping what he sowed.

Njaya
Njaya
10 months ago
Reply to  CAHA

SO YOU ARE NOW CRYING LIKE A BABY MKAKA IMWANA IDYANI ZOMWE MUDAFESA IFE NDIYE MUTIMANGATU CHIFUKWA KUTCHALICHI NDIYE TIZIPITA MWAMKOKOMO MUNYA MUONA BOMA LOKUBA LIJA NDILIMENELI IVY KAMANGA ALI KUTI POTANI? KAPINDU? MADISE? TEMBO? NYIRENDA? AKUTHANDIZENI ZA FAKE NEWS MUNYA MUONA MUMAONA NGATI KUYENDETSA BOMA NDI KUDYA NSIMA ETI?

EvertonVEEP
EvertonVEEP
10 months ago
Reply to  Njaya

mbuzi

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