Journalists in Malawi have been called upon to put God first and stand for the truth when conducting their duties.
Veteran human rights campaigner, Undule Mwakasungula said this can make journalists to refrain from being used or influenced by money and write things that will help to develop the country.
Mwakasungula ,who is also the founder of UDK consultant, an organization that deals with issues concern community development, extractive industry, NGO management, governance, policy advices, conflict and event management in Malawi said this to journalists in Karonga during a one-day workshop on good governance.
The workshop was aimed to equipping a group of journalists based in Chitipa and Karonga with knowledge of how to write stories on good governance.
While appreciating the good work that journalists are doing, Mwakasungula said it is sad to note that some of them are failing to stand by the truth because they don’t put God first.
“I know the problems and challenges journalists face in Malawi which include lack of resources which force some of them being used or influenced by money. But what I can tell you once you put God first, He (God) will deal with those problems and start writing the truth,” said Mwakasungula.
Mwakasungula bemoaned tendency of some journalists who receive money from influential people to write stories that are aimed to tarnishing other people’s image.
“I have been seeing some stories and I asked myself, ‘how will this story benefit the community’? Did the reporter had an investigation? What made him/her write such story?” he said.
During the workshop, Mwakasungula donated a modern voice recorder to the press club to use when investigating stories.
Meanwhile, UDK consultant has pledged to support the Karonga Press Club in doing live radio debate program on issues concern conflicts resolution and donate 400 tree seedlings to plant in Karonga district.