MIJ students visit parliament, minister blame journalists

Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) students ventured into the National Assembly on Thursday 9 February 2012 in Lilongwe and watched live the parliamentary deliberations.

MIJ’s Lilongwe campus student’s union president, Patrick Botha said the parliamentary visit helped up to 50 journalism students to consolidate and expand their learning in parliamentary reporting.

Botha said the trip gave them an advantage on how to report parliamentary issues, calling it “unforgettable visit.”

Nankhumwa: Calls for patriotism

He said the students have their own MIJ Weekend Express online news.

MIJ online editorial team member Chisomo Mbenye was “very excited “ to be at parliament, describing the trip as “very informative.”

Another member of the MIJ Weekend Express team, Catherine Maulidi  Said it was “very special”. Maulidi told Nyasa Times that the visit gave the journalism students “valuable insight into the inner workings of the parliamentary process.”

Apart from attending parliamentary proceedings,  the students were also addressed by the minister of health Jean Kalirani and the deputy minister of foreign affairs Kondwani Nankhumwa.

Patriotism

The two cabinet members advised the students to be patriotic in their line of duty and focus on writing stories that will build their country.

Nakhumwa claimed  most of the journalists in Malawi are not patriotic enough. He saidt most of the challenges which the country is facing are because of the media which is creating bad image of Malawi.

He said the new crop of journalists “should cultivate the spirit of patriotism.”

“ Journalists should be patriotic about their country, if Malawi is facing challenges today it’s because of the media which is creating bad image of our nation ,” Nakhumwa said

Kalirani shared similar remarks.

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