Media instrumental to fighting TIP
By Tione Andsen
Lilongwe, October 18, Mana: Media remains the most instrumental tool towards enhancing the fight against Trafficking In Persons (TIP) in the country.
Honorary Consul of Republic of Malawi in the States of Israel, Nir Gess said this Saturday during signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Media Association Against Trafficking in Persons (MAATIP) and Timveni Child and Youth Media Organization at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe.
He said the Media need to share information regarding TIP issues within and outside the country so that awareness activities should be spread wide.
Gess said the Media should promote the welfare of the survivors of TIP and help them to integrate into their communities without being discriminated.
He commended MAATIP for forming the Association to help in the fight against TIP saying this was a good gesture which needs to be supported by all stakeholders and partners.
“I would like to pledge my support and of my office, that we will be willing to provide any assistance to you so that the notable task of reporting, research and investigating issues of TIP should be enhanced in all media houses in the country,” Gess pointed out.
He said the World needs to fix the inhumane behaviour which was worse that killing and MAATIP’s efforts should be applauded.
Board Chairperson for MAATIP, Memory Chisenga said MAATIP would ensure that capacity building for Media was enhance so that they should be able to report and investigate stories accurately.
She said the involvement of the Media in issues of fighting TIP in the country need to be supported by all partners.
“The Media can play its rightful role if partners are willing to engagement them attain special goals. We need to development partnership and networks should be the issue before us should be dealt systemically,” Chisenga added.
MAATIP has a membership of 51 from both electronic and print Media.