By Kenson McCloud
As Malawi commemorates World Press Freedom Day, a child rights activist has called for formal networking between journalists and civil society organisations in a bid to promote and protect child rights.
Speaking to Timveni news desk, Desmond Mhango commended the media for tireless effort in the past year in promoting children’s rights citing improvement in reporting of abuses and challenges children faced.
“Howerver there is need for official channels the media and different stakeholders can meet to discuss on how to address challenges affecting children.” said Mhango.
Mhango, further called for specialisation on the part of the media for improved reporting on issues of child rights.
Meanwhile Vice President Saulos Chilima has paid tribute to journalists for providing checks and balances and speaking for the voiceless.
Chilima said, “I personally value the work of our members of the Fourth Estate in exposing corruption, injustices and hardships experienced by fellow citizens whose voices are silenced or ignored.”
World press freedom day is commemorated every year on 3rd May and this year is being commemorated under the theme “Information as a public good”.