BLANTYRE--The media fraternity is mourning the the death of environmental journalist Hastings Maloya.
Maloya, 40, succumbed to meningitis Friday morning at Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Blantyre. His remains are expected to be taken to his home village in Mulanje district in the afternoon for burial.
The journalist was until his death working for Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust as Awareness and Communications Officer. He was also the publicist for Mulhakho wa Lomwe, a heritage grouping.
Media practitioners including the Media Institute for Southern Africa (Malawi Chapter) have described death of Maloya as a big blow to the industry.
In a statement released Saturday, Misa Chairperson Anthony Kasunda said Maloya was one of the brave and tireless defenders of press freedom in the country.
Maloya’s friends and colleagues are posting condolences messages on Face Book, a social network.
“Very sad! What an active person to go too soon...Oh no why? This is sad news,” read one message.
Maloya is survived by a wife and two children. He was 40.
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