Zambia Centre for Investigative Journalism

The truth lies here

About Makanday

Makanday, Zambia Centre for Investigative Journalism is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces cutting-edge investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work focuses exclusively on telling truly important stories with “moral force.” We do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to justify the trust placed in them. Our focus is on investigating topics which are ignored by other media institutions. We want to give citizens vital information that they need to understand the world better.

Our research and stories reach the public in cooperation with partner newspapers, radio and television stations.

In addition, we innovatively publish great stories on the internet. We do not have any printing or distribution costs, so our focus is on content.

In order to uncover mal-administration and to protect our freedom and independence as a nation, investigative journalism is important in fostering empowerment of citizens. With our well-researched stories, we want to enable local citizens to procure information and to become journalistically active.

Further, Makanday has an educational programme to pass on the methods of investigative journalism to other journalists.

What are the topics we are researching?

Makanday researches long-term threats and challenges of our society, abuse of power and corruption in politics, injustices in the working world, police and justice, business etc. Other topics include environment, education, health and social justice. All issues which Makanday assumes to be of great importance and also of significance, are investigated. We care about topics which concern as many people as possible.

How do we determine whether a topic suits you?

Our topics should have a clear relation to the life of the citizens. They should be concrete, not abstract. We research in such areas where we suspect that something is at stake and that we can change something.

At the same time, we want to take care of education and training. We want to give away not only our stories, but also to pass on our knowledge to serve the debate throughout Zambia.

What we do

  1. Through our research, we want to make structural grievances and unethical behavior public. We help society to help itself. We want to provide people with information so they can make changes and, for example, correct their mistakes by participating in elections.
  2. Through our independent and non-profit approach, we offer editorial guidance and provide access to stories that others would find difficult to research. We want to spread investigative journalism in Zambia and help to maintain media diversity and quality.
  3. We want to pass on our methods and journalistic craftsmanship to all interested citizens and help to enforce information rights on the ground. We want to help citizens to make society more transparent in order to increase the participation of all.

As staff of MakanDay Media Centre, we agree to abide by the following editorial and ethical guidelines: –

  1. We may not be first, but we will be factual in all our reporting. Our motivation is to get to the bottom of the story and provide facts.
  2. We shall not allow commercial interests to dictate what we do.
  3. We will not pay sources for our stories.
  4. We shall give people, companies and organisations a fair chance respond to allegations of wrongdoing, incompetence or unethical behavior before a story is published.
  5. When a story (or person quoted in a story) accuses another person of dishonest, unethical or illegal conduct, or reports other facts that may harm a person’s reputation, we will evaluate the evidence that supports those allegations.
  6. We will seek a reply from all parties about whom we are saying something negative.
  7. Any factual error, incorrect numbers will be corrected almost immediately.
  8. We will always give full attribution to other content providers when we use information they published or broadcast exclusively.
  9. We will never record a telephone or in person interview without the other part’s consent.
  10. We shall always minimise harm when dealing with vulnerable groups, such as children and victims of rape or sexual violence. In the case of children, we shall not interview, photograph or identify a child without the consent of his/her legal guardian if there is any chance that this could harm the child, except where there is an overriding public interest.