Daily Mail wins top award

THE Zambia Daily Mail has been awarded with the Best Gender-Sensitive and Responsive institutional award while four of the company’s journalists were also awarded in various categories at the 2015 Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) media awards.
And Lusaka Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu has implored the media to be truthful in their reporting to enhance democracy.
Speaking at the MISA awards on Friday night, Archbishop Mpundu said the media play a key role in building society and not destroying it through not reporting the truth.
This year’s MISA awards were held under the theme ‘celebrating the fourth estate: 50 years on’.
“When journalists report the truth, they report Jesus because he is the way, truth and life,” he said.
The clergyman said journalists must be free, responsible and efficient in informing citizens to make informed decisions.
Zambia Daily Mail journalists who bagged awards were Christine Chisha, who scooped the best features writer award; Darlington Mwendabai scooped the best gender reporting award while Sitembile Siwawa scooped the best gender-sensitive and responsive award. The best Arts reporting award went to Kelvin Kachingwe.
Journalists from Times of Zambia, Hot FM, Radio Phoenix, ZNBC, Muvi Television also walked away with awards in various categories.
Meanwhile, MISA chairperson Hellen Mwale called for responsible reporting by urging scribes to adhere to journalism ethics.
Ms Mwale said, “there is total disregard of media ethics in some cases”.
And Non-Governmental Organisation Coordinating Council board secretary Patricia Mubanga appealed to the media to be gender-sensitive in their reporting.

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