PR Society tackles ‘fake news’ ahead of Malawi 2019 elections

The Public Relations Society of Malawi (PRSM) has organised  a panel discussion  this Thursday to be held at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe  to tackle issues such as who is responsible for the spread of  fake news in Malawi and how the problem can be solved  ahead of the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Msasa: Tackling fake news

PRSM was officially launched on August 4 this year to promote professional PR for national development.

It is a grouping of public relations practitioners from both the public and private sector.

The panel discussion will be held under the theme ‘The Common Enemy: Unpacking Fake News ahead of 2019 Tripartite Elections.”

Lewis Msasa, PRSM president, said the panel discussion seeks to provide public relations practitioners, elections and governance organisations with tools for countering fake news with a special focus on th eMay 21 2019 elections.

Malawi Electoral Commission  spokesman Sangwani Mwafulirwa has  commended the society for the panel discussion.

The society recently also condemned hate speech ahead of the elections, appealing to individuals, political and faith groups to tame their tongues to avoid inciting violence.

The  group warned that hate speech could fuel intolerance among ethnic, political and religious groups which could breed violence.

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peter
peter
2 years ago

zimenezo zopusa ma journalist aziipa basi ntawi ya kampeni mesa makobili mumaba noka nde chikuvutani ndi chani akuyaluseni , kaya mwakula aziwise antu inu ndiwankulu, ngati amachita kulota mesa muwauza noka, nde pano mipando ikukoma nde mwati muzi adandaula

dausi
dausi
2 years ago

fake news za chani ngati mukuba akuyalusani kumene komaso ngati mwakula azinena kuti mwakula because that’s what you are , mukufuna antu azipeleka ma Ulemu pazintu zazii , ngati wakula needs to give way to energetic people , zintu zikusokonekela chifukwa chakukula because lack of energy to supervise komaso antu mumipandomo asamangokala omweo ayi kuli ena ampavu zao atakugwila nchito boma kutukuka its just a matter kuwapasa mpata ,nde zodandaula zimenezi mukufuna kupusisa antu ndi Ulemu woti kusogoloku kukala ma cashgate chifukwa cha lack of supervision

mtete
mtete
2 years ago

I thought journalists are trained to be factual when disseminating information. Anyone doing otherwise is a failure and a seeker of cheap publicity. Normally such fake news pen pushers do so corruptly, having been palm greased by scrupulous politicians.

Incidentally, isn’t this MISA Malawi responsibility?

Tizanka
Tizanka
2 years ago

This is great. Most media houses are culprits of fake news these days

Katakwe
2 years ago

Seeking cheap publicity – this is not your role.

Katakwe
2 years ago

This is not the responsibility of PR group, but practising journalists. There is a boundary between public relations and journalism although in most cases public relations officers have journalism background.

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