Journalists urged to be agents of peace

By Chisomo Phiri

As the journalists and radio stations across the globe are today celebrating the World Radio Day with a focus on peace building, Media Institute for Southern Africa-MISA Malawi chapter has urged all journalist and radio stations in the country to be agents of peace by embracing the fact-checking strategy.

According to MISA Malawi Chairperson Teresa Ndanga, this will help to fight increasing cases of disinformation, misinformation and hate content.

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She says, sharing of inaccurate information has the potential to fuel conflicts and radio personalities should utilize their noble platforms to promote the truth and fight misinformation.

“We urge radio stations to invest more in fact-checking and peacebuilding by developing content that is independent of any political and commercial inclinations, fact-based and free from any hate speech.

“We also urge radio stations to adopt media house policies that support peace building and production of content that reflects diversity of views and opinion.”

World Radio Day is an international day celebrated on 13 February each year.

The Day was decided by UNESCO on 3 November 2011 during its 36th conference.

This year, the day is being celebrated under the theme “Radio and Peace” which looks at the importance of independent radio to foster peace and prevent conflict.