19 December 2016

Malawi: Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi Admitted in Global Body

The board of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) has unanimously approved the Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi (CIJM) for membership in the Network.

CIJM was established in 2013 and its overall goal is to foster greater transparency and accountability in Malawi by improving media standards and the quality of investigative journalism.

GIJN is the world's leading international association of investigative reporting organizations, now with 145 member organizations in 62 countries.

GIJN Executive Director David Kaplan who made the announcement on Friday said GIJN membership is open to nonprofits and equivalent groups that work in support of investigative journalism.

"We are delighted that you are joining our vibrant community. This is an opportunity to help strengthen the spread and impact of investigative journalism around the world. We look forward to seeing you at our global and regional conferences, and to working with you and your colleagues," Kaplan said.

CIJM, which is headquartered in the northern city of Mzuzu, is a newly established independent Centre of Investigative Journalists committed to promoting effective, ethical and original reporting that moves beyond a simplistic focus on 'corrupt' individuals in favour of a more systematic and contextualised exposure of corruption, exploitation, and other social-justice issues.

With support from the Media and Access to Information Programme of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), CIJM is implementing a project on 'Strengthening Investigative Journalism in Malawi'.

"Apart from that we have also been organising internships for Malawian journalists in South Africa at the Centre for Investigative Journalism christened Amabhungane (Dung Beatle)," Mtika said.

Interns join the Centre from across southern Africa.

"We intend to connect as many Malawian journalists to the program so that the levels of investigative journalism in Malawi are improved," said the Nyasa Times senior journalist Mtika, himself a graduate of the program.

"There are serious issues taking place in Malawi that require serious investigative skills to uproot. The media is the best and first tool that reveals social, fiscal and other ills before other players in the prevention, protection and prosecution of cases like the police, Anti-Corruption Bureau and others can do their work," he added.

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