By Thula Chisamba
Unscrupulous media outlets report how much money an abductor earns through selling body parts of people with albinism.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Malawi Star, executive director for the Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (APAM), Bornface Masa, said albino predators are sometimes fueled by unprofessional reporting.
“You read some publications and become surprised with how unprofessional they report on such a sensitive issue. To most of us, it becomes unreasonable when a media house publishes how much bones of albinos cost on the evil market. That likely motivates others to join the business,” complained Masa.
It has also been observed that these unprofessional mass communicators, go beyond publishing markets where thugs vend albino body parts.
But to Masa, this is too motivating to the would be albino predators, who would not hesitate but to join the trade; consequently the malpractice lives on.
“I should believe that most of Malawian journalists went to college where they learnt about ethics and the likes. I then urge them to practice mature journalism and not publish things that will only worsen the situation,” he added.
Of late, local and international media have been awash with reports on the abduction and torture of people with albinism.
Recently, this publication published an article which enlightened Malawians that albino hunters spread to the central part of the country.
When writing this paper, the Malawi Police Service in Kasungu district confirmed that bones of an albino baby who was murdered recently have been found and two suspected predators have been apprehended.
In line with such reporting, Masa, hailed other professional media houses for publishing articles that have made the world aware on how albinos are suffering in Malawi.
“That is now good reporting. As reporters you need to be judging your articles before sending them to editors for publication,” added Masa.