First Merchant Bank (FMB) has donated K530,000 to the Media Institute of Southern Africa-Malawi Chapter (Misa-Malawi) as its contribution towards this year’s World Press Freedom Day celebrations slated for May 7 at Nkopola Lodge in the Lakeshore district of Mangochi.
Speaking after presenting the cheque to Misa-Malawi Chairperson Thom Khanje in Blantyre, FMB Head of Marketing Sylvia Mataka said they made the donation to cement the cordial relationship existing betwen the media and their institutuion.
Mataka said the media is also key to the country’s development as it providss checks amd balances on financial and social issues, among others.
She said the media require support to ably carry out its watch dog role, hence the cash donation.
“The donation is for the good cause. It is also in appreciation of the partnership with the media. The media is very key in highlighting financial and social issues and do influence the country’s economic growth.
“Likewise, the discussions from the media debate will not only benefit journalists who will gather at Nkopola Lodge. The discussions will also benefit the entire nation as participants will likely tackle topical issues that will enable the media to ably report on different indicators that drive the country’s economy,” said Mataka.
On his part, Khanje thanked the commercial bank for providing financial support towards this year’ World Press Freedom Day celebrations.
He said they largely depend on their partners’ financial support.
“Misa-Malawi is not a profit making organization, as such we rely much on partners like FMB and others who always come forward to support this annual event.
“The World Press Freedom Day celebrations is the biggest gathering of journalists here in Malawi, so we are very thankful to FMB for supporting us. We hope other partners and corporate entities will come forward as well,” said Khanje.
He said Misa-Malawi is yet to choose a theme for the celebrations, but confirmed a number activities including the usual freedom march, a donation to Mangochi District Hospital, beach soccer, media debate and netball and football games.
Also on the menu, is the red-carpet Media Awards and Gala dinner which will take places the same evening where Misa-Malawi will present awards to journalists in thirty separate categories.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :