Minister of Information, Communications Technology and Civic Education, Patricia Kaliati has urged journalists in the country to work with Government by giving people the right information on critical issues in a bid to empower them.
Kaliati made the remarks as guest of honour during the graduation ceremony of the Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) students who have graduated in Diploma and Certificate programs for the 2014-15 academic year at a function that took place at Comesa hall in Blantyre on Friday.
Kaliati observed that journalists have the potential to change the mindset of Malawians saying; “You have the power to change people’s fixed mindsets for example most Malawians believe that when one has not had nsima then they have not eaten which should not be the case.”
She added; “By so doing we are reducing the number of people looking for Government’s assistance on every problem encountered.”
Furthermore, the Minister advised Journalists to be in the forefront in uniting the nation by writing positive stories not being the source of violence and bringing misunderstandings among leaders.
“We in big positions should also know what questions to respond to and how because we are supposed to be role models,” she advised.
The Minister has also called on people to make sure that whatever they post on the social media has evidence and that it is true.
In her remarks, MIJ Executive Director, Dalitso Nkunika urged the graduating students to be professional once they go into the industry and that they should use the skills and knowledge they have gained from the Institute for the benefit of the nation.
The theme of the graduation which saw a total of 215 students graduating with diplomas and certificates in Journalism was ‘Poverty reduction through development oriented media’.