The National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) participated in this year’s commemoration of World Press Freedom Day held on May 7, 2016 in Mangochi by sponsoring one category in the awards presented to outstanding media practitioners.
The media Awards presentation ceremony in which several awards were presented to journalists who were star performers in various fields of their trade was a highlight of a variety of events held in the Lake District to mark the commemoration.
As Malawi’s leading civic education body on matters of democracy and Governance, NICE sponsored the Good Governance Category which had two prizes presented to journalists from print and electronic media who were recognized for being exceptional in reporting on issues of democracy and good governance over the past 12 months.
Journalists the world over commemorate World Press Freedom Day on May 3 every year, but media practitioners in Malawi opted to hold their commemoration on May 7 which was more convenient as it was on a weekend when it was easier for most of them to travel and converge at the venue for the commemoration.
Joseph Mwale of Times Group won the Print Category while Veronica Mwale of Zodiak Broadcasting Station Won the Electronic Category of the NICE sponsored Good Governance Media Award and were presented with laptops and a book analyzing the 2014 tripartite elections.
The awards were presented on behalf of NICE by Ms. Susan Kaunda and Mr. Ollen Mwalubunju who are NICE Board Chair and Executive Director, respectively.
The press freedom commemoration event which was held under the theme: “Fostering Press Freedom’ also featured a march and a panel discussion and was presided over by the Minister of Information and Civic Education, Honourable Patricia Kaliati.