Malawi journo heads regional media union body

Journalists Union of Malawi (JUMA) President Maganizo Fly Mazeze was overwhelmingly elected President of the Southern Africa Journalists Association (SAJA) during a two-day regional congress held in the Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, from 26-27 November 2011.

The election of Mazeze to the regional body will also increase visibility of JUMA activities in the region.

The conference’s theme was consolidating Journalists and media workers’ trade union rights and media freedom agenda in SADC.

New SAJA executive with Mazeze on centre

Mazeze, who will serve, a three-year term, takes over from Foster Dongozi of Zimbabwe, who has been at the helm of SAJA for the past six years.

In his acceptance speech the new SAJA President said the challenges facing the media regarding remuneration and better working conditions in the regional were similar.

Mazeze pledged to propel SAJA into a forceful and influential regional trade union body adding that SAJA would endeavor to use reason and not confrontation in addressing labor challenges facing the media in Southern Africa.

The JUMA President also said there is need to build the skills and knowledge capacity of unionists to ensure an organized, meaningful and purposeful fight for better working conditions and labor rights for journalists.

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