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Day 3 of our #WorldPressFreedomDay series on the working lives of #freelancers worldwide - today we're sharing insights from freelance investigative journalist Mabvuto Banda, who lives and works in Malawi. Follow this thread across the day to hear about his experiences
The climate for journalists in #Malawi has improved over the last 15 years. Nonetheless Mabvuto has been arrested on numerous occasions during his twenty-year career in #journalism. In Malawi, a law still provides for the imprisonment of anyone who 'insults' the head of state.
Mabvuto said of the photo above: “This is me with reporters in the #newsroom. We were working on a story about the growing calls within the ruling party to push the current President to stand down." [1/2]
"It is potentially explosive ... some senior members of his political party do not want him anymore. Professionally it’s a very difficult story to do; no one wants to speak on the record. When it comes out, it could get me in trouble, esp. with the President’s supporters.”[2/2]
“This photo captures a moment at which I was sharing notes with a #freelance photojournalist, Anthony Fatchi, in Blantyre – #Malawi’s centre of commerce. We were covering a march against the current administration, where the protesters wanted the President to resign...” [1/2]
”I work with Anthony on such assignments. If we’re working together, we share material. In this case I was looking for specific pictures to accompany my words.” – @BvutoB
Mabvuto on the ground: “Here I am covering a march in Blantyre. The armed police were behind me, harassing protesters and reporters. They didn’t want to be in the picture. As you can see here, I use my phone quite regularly to live-tweet and share images instantly.” #Malawi
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