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The Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi (CIJM) is an independent centre of investigative journalists promoting effective, ethical and original reporting.

ABOUT US

The Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi (CIJM) was established 2013. CIJM is an independent Centre of investigative journalists. We are committed to promoting effective, ethical and original reporting. Reporting should be about Journalistics should favour systematic and contextualised exposure of corruption, exploitation, and other social-justice issues.

 

The CIJM Malawi are a member of:
– NAMISA
–  Media Council of Malawi
–  African Network of Centre of Investigative Reporters
–  Mail & Guardian (the AmaBhungane) in South Africa

CIJM will facilitate an exchange of ideas and resources. This will be done by channeling support and technical advice, by promoting dialogue among investigative journalists within Malawi and abroad, facilitate access to information resources that can enhance the quality of Malawian investigative journalism, and promote the highest professional standards, free from ideological and partisan pressures.

 

Our programmes are:
– Small Investigative Grants disbursement
– Mentorship
– Expert Training In Investigative Journalism
– Foreign Internships
– Career Talks in Journalism Training institutions

STORIES

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Corrupt police shake down Malawi

The Malawi Police Service has admitted that a growing number of its members are involved in serious organised crime – including armed robberies, car hijackings, break-ins and corruption – and that this is damaging citizens’ trust in the law-enforcement authorities.

Malawians want £100m for UK attack

More than five decades after British soldiers gunned down 51 unarmed freedom fighters in northern Malawi, survivors and relatives of the slain men are pushing the Malawi government to seek £100-million (about R1.7-billion) in compensation for what they call “unjustified killings”.

South Africa’s grass is still greener

It is not if, but when. That seems to be the intention of Malawian refugees who are back in their motherland about returning to South Africa. One returnee, Sangwani Gunda, told amaBunghane he and others expect to go back soon. They’re being told by their South African friends that calm has returned.

Africa: Poor Prospects

Malawi may be missing a huge opportunity to curb poverty because it continues to rely on an outdated, opaque mining law that restricts tax and royalty revenues and encourages corruption. More than half of this nation’s 14m citizens live in poverty, while foreign mining companies are arriving in ever-larger numbers to exploit Malawi’s subterranean riches.

http://thezambezian.com/immigrants-bankrolling-malawi-passage-south-africa/

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MCP alleges PP’s complicit in ‘maize gate’

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is demanding a probe into the alleged disappearance of hundreds of tonnes of maize that was declared rotten and unfit for both human and animal consumption but is not accounted for to date.

Logging and deforestation: Malawi’s diminishing plantations

As a secondary school student in the 1950s, Cornelius Mwalwanda worked during the holidays at the Viphya plantation in Northern Malawi’s Mzimba district, to save for school fees. Viphya’s 53-501 hectare man-made plantation, the largest in Southern Africa, began in the 1950s in an attempt to render Malawi self-sufficient in construction timber.

Banda: ‘I am a free Malawian citizen now’

When did you leave Malawi and what have you been doing since then? The elections were in May. After President [Peter]Mutharika was declared the winner I conceded defeat and I made a statement to the nation.

Africa: Poor Prospects

Malawi may be missing a huge opportunity to curb poverty because it continues to rely on an outdated, opaque mining law that restricts tax and royalty revenues and encourages corruption. More than half of this nation’s 14m citizens live in poverty, while foreign mining companies are arriving in ever-larger numbers to exploit Malawi’s subterranean riches.

Malawi Herbalist Joins Fight Against Deforestation

Africa, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Development & Aid, Environment, Food & Agriculture, Headlines, Poverty & SDGs, The Southern Africa Water Wire, Water & Sanitation Collins Mtika – Decades of shifting cultivation by rural farmers have threatened forests in the district of Karonga in northern Malawi.

Malawi government up in arms after Banda’s $144-m deal

South African arms dealer Ivor Ichikowitz’s formerly friendly relationship with the Malawian government has run into stiff headwinds since the election of a new administration under President Peter ­Mutharika. Last week two government ministers told amaBhungane that a $145-million defence contract signed by former president Joyce Banda and Ichikowitz’s Paramount Group had been partly cancelled and placed under investigation.

Mystery of Malawi’s missing factory

Malawi’s current finance minister, Goodall Gondwe, helped to facilitate a 1.8-billion Malawi kwacha (R54-million) state loan for a timber processing factory that, three years later, has still not been built. This week, neither the wholly state-owned Malawi Savings Bank, which made the loan, nor the treasury’s Export Development Fund (EDF), which guaranteed it, would answer questions about what has happened to the money.

Malawi’s presidency in legal limbo

An initial vote count in Malawi’s controversial presidential elections has been completed but the result will not be released until court challenges to the disputed ballot have been resolved, an official said this week.

Malawi elections: Big four vie for power

Malawi holds its fifth general elections on Tuesday since attaining multiparty democracy in 1994. There is no clear winner in sight, despite vigorous campaigns by 12 candidates for the highest office in the land. Apart from the presidency, there are 193 constituencies and 462 wards at stake.

SADC NGOs caution Ministers on Tribunal Review – The Zambezian

The SADC Council of NGOs of which the Council of Non Governmental Organisation in Malawi (CONGOMA) is a member has issued an open letter to Ministers of Justice of SADC countries persuading them not to proceed with the revision of the protocol governing the SADC Tribunal in its current state.

Colonial relic haunts Malawi Tobacco farmers – The Zambezian

Lilongwe, Jan 6, 2014 – Dickson Washoni has worked on several tobacco estates since 2002. A squeaky, battered bicycle and radio cassette player reflects his 11 years toil as a Tobacco Tenant worker. “I have laboured in several tobacco estates from Kasungu in the central region and Mzimba in the northern region.

West cold-shoulders rebuilding southern Africa By JOHN FRASER and COLLINS MTIKA | Saturday, August 31 2013 at 13:07 

The Southern African Development Community has an ambitious infrastructure development plan to deal with the regions deficit road, rail and ports infrastructure. Pictured here is the Democratic Republic of Congo capital, Kinshasa. EED/IPS The Southern African Development Community has had to revisit its plans to raise funding for its ambitious regional development plan in the wake of a cold-shoulder from western nations and multilateral finance institutions.

http://www.ipsnews.net/2010/11/malawis-women-pushing-for-a-place-at-the-table/

WORKSHOPS


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TRAINING WORKSHOP ON INVESTIGATING AND REPORTING CORRUPTION

Mass media can expose Corruption and can keep a check on public policy and or expenditure by throwing a spotlight on government and private sector actions.

With support from the Media and Access to Information Programme of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi (CIJM)  is implementing a project on ‘Strengthening Investigative Journalism in Malawi’.

The overall goal of this project is to foster greater transparency and accountability in Malawi by improving media standards and the quality of investigative journalism.

In this regard, CIJM has organised a second and intensive, fully funded, hands-on week long Reporting Corruption Training Course for Malawian Journalists to be in February, 2016.

Venue: Lilongwe

An award winning and highly professional team from the Mail and Guardian newspaper’s centre for investigative Journalism called Amabhungane will conduct the training and later lead in the mentorship programme.

The training course aims at enhancing the competence of Journalists in the area of accurate, professional and readership-oriented corruption reporting and to increase the awareness for the media‘s contribution to the promotion of good governance.

Applications or expressions of interest are being sought from interested and enthusiastic Journalists working for Print, TV, Radio or Internet media who would want to assist Malawi’s fight against corruption.

Priority will be given to young and / or experienced Journalists that have not done a similar or related course before. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will also automatically qualify for a yearlong mentorship programme by both local and international mentors.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Application letter
  • Minimum of two years Journalistic experience
  • Recent CV
  • Motivation letter of up to 300 words
  • Letter from employer guaranteeing leave of absence for the entire duration of the course
  • And in case of Freelancers/Stringers a personal guarantee to avail themselves during the entire duration of the course.

Please send your complete applications to cijm.director@gmail.com  by latest 31st January, 2016.

N.B. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

GRANTS


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CALL FOR ENTRIES: INVESTIGATIVE STORY GRANTS

The Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi (CIJM) is a newly established independent Centre of investigative journalists committed to promoting   effective, ethical and original reporting that moves beyond a simplistic focus on ‘corrupt’ individuals in favour of a more systematic and contextualised exposure of corruption, exploitation, and other social-justice issues.

CIJM will facilitate an exchange of ideas and resources, by channelling support and technical advice, by promoting dialogue between Investigative journalists within Malawi and abroad, facilitate access to information resources that can enhance the quality of Malawian investigative journalism, and promote the highest professional standards, free from ideological and partisan pressures.

With support from the Media and Access to Information Programme of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), CIJM is implementing a project on ‘Strengthening Investigative Journalism in Malawi’.

The overall goal of this project is to foster greater transparency and accountability in Malawi by improving media standards and the quality of investigative journalism.

What CIJM is looking for:  stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power – in the public and private sectors.

CIJM accepts applications for projects only on domestic issues.

It is CIJM policy to pay the first half of approved grants to successful applicants, with the second half of the grant paid on evidence of publication of a finished project in accordance with the original proposal. Second half grants are not guaranteed if projects are not completed in a timely fashion.

Grants will be a maximum of MK100,000 each and cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. CIJM will also consider requests for small stipends.

Disclaimer of Liability: CIJM’s role in assisting journalists is limited to making grants. CIJM assumes no liability for the legal and/or safety risks undertaken by journalists in the course of their reporting.

Mentors: Mentors will be recruited for successful grantees, upon request. Mentors act as sounding boards, and work with grantees over the length of their projects. Mentoring grantees is an important part of the CIJM’s program to support independent journalists.

Name:

Address:

Phone:

Email:

In 110 words or less, summarize your idea for the story and or project explaining the point of the investigation and/or what you are trying to prove:

Grant Amount Requested:

Anticipated completion date:

Will the news outlet acknowledge the Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi?

Resume: Three pages maximum.

 Budget: Provide an itemized, detailed budget that estimates expenses, other revenue sources, how much is being requested from CIJM, and how the grant will be used.

 Writing Samples: No more than two. Writing samples may be in any medium (print, audio, video.)

 

Letter of commitment: This is a letter signed by a news editor committing to publish the story, as long as it is completed as promised and meets the news outlet’s journalistic standards. A letter of commitment is a non-negotiable requirement. An application submitted without this commitment is considered incomplete and will not be considered.

Completed Applications should be sent to: cijm.director@gmail.com or hand delivered to CIJM Offices, 1st Floor, Kentam Mall Building, Mzuzu or C/O P. O. Box 475, Mzuzu

Deadline: rolling

 

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CONTACT


Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any inquiries about our activities, or have any information that might be of interest to us.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The CIJM is located in Mzuzu, Malawi.

  • + (265) 1 312643
  • cijm.director@gmail.com
  • 1st Floor Kentam Mall building, Mzuzu

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THE TEAM


The CIJM is run by the Secretariat, which acts as the implementing agent, with advisory support from the Board of Trustees and the National Governing Council. Nine senior journalists drawn from the three regions of the country make up the National Governing Council, and three of them are founding members of the CIJM.

colin5Collins Mtika

Head of CIJM

Collins is a Malawian Investigative Journalist and founder of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in Malawi (CIJM).

lameck3Lameck Masina

Member of the National Governing Council

Lameck is an accredited stringer for Voice of America and has filed for other international and regional media organizations.

EdwardEdward Kantuseya Gama

Programmes Manager

Edward has vast experience in finance, human rights, law and management.

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