Malawi Media Council May Stop Accrediting Journalists??

Manhattan, New York City (PressExposure) February 27, 2012 -- The Media Council of Malawi's media accreditation program may be shut down, BizCommunity.com reported. The Malawi Media Council identifies itself as "an independent, non-profit, non-political and self-regulatory media professional organisation with a mission to promote professionalism in the media industry."

The council's chairman, Reverend Patrick Semphere, explained that the program's funding wasn't "renewed at the expiry of the agreed period," so the council isn't sure what the program's status is, according to BizCommunity.com. The program's "core funding" came from the British High Commission.

Not only does this affect journalists trying to be accredited, but is also affects journalist trying to renew their "press cards," BizCommunity.com indicated.

The media council says it and the accreditation help provide "effective self-regulation," BizComunity.com wrote. The press cards provide a way for journalists in Malawi to show "news sources, authorities, the public, etc." that they are "genuine and professionally accredited representatives of the media," according to BizCommunity.com.

To be accredited, "employed journalists" have to provide the program with, among other things, "a completed application form endorsed by the employer," and "copies of certificates of academic and professional qualification." If they are freelance journalists, they have to provide some published clips and "a letter" from a news outlet that has hired the freelancer, according to the Media Council's report on accreditation.

To be accredited, "employed journalists" have to provide the program with, among other things, "a completed application form endorsed by the employer," and "copies of certificates of academic and professional qualification." If they are freelance journalists, they have to provide some published clips and "a letter" from a news outlet that has hired the freelancer, according to the Media Council's report on accreditation. breaking news, media news, journalism news, Journalism ethics, latest media news, latest news, media ethics Read more: http://www.imediaethics.org/index.php?option=com_news&task=detail&id=2703

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