Minister of Civic Education Patricia Kaliati has accused most journalists for allegedly accepting bribes from opposition politicians and government officials.
Kaliati made the claim this in Karonga after touring the district’s Museum.
She said her ministry is aware that news reporters and some of their editors are pocketing money to write negative stories against the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
“We know that most of the journalists in the country receive millions of Kwachas from government’s opponents in order to dirten its image,” said Kaliati.
Similary a newspaper has been sweetened to tone down against government.
Kaliati said many journalists depend on politicians and government officials to make ends meet.
She condemned the media profession of losing integrity with ‘cash for news’ coverage.
Kaliati said to accept a bribe is dishonest, saying honesty is like virginity–it can only be lost once.
“When reporters accept a bribe, they can never again be trusted as professional persons,” she said.
Many observers argue that the phenomenon of ‘cash for news’ coverage has devastating impacts both on the society at large and on the profession of journalism–even on the business success of individual media organizations.