The Government of the Republic of China and the Govvernment of
the Republic of Malawi (hereinafter referred to as the "Conttac-
Desiring to enhance their traditional friendly relations,
Firmly believing that it is necessary to maintain the existing
freedom of the press among the people of the two countries,
Deciding to sign an agreement on the exchange of news and infor-
mation to facilitate the implementation, and With a view to fos-
tering the close and cordial relationship between the Government
Information Office, Republic of China, and the Ministry of Info-
rmation, Republic of Malawi, by establishing reciprocal channels
for the exchange of news and information, views on related work,
and cooperation programs between the mass media personnel of the
two countries, have agreed the following:
The competent news and information agencies of the Contracting
Parties (hereinafter referred to as the "Agencies") shall provi-
de convenient and necessary assistance to visiting news and inf-
ormation personel from the other country.
The Contracting Parties shall respect freedom of the press and
encourage and facilitate the development of the news media indu-
stry in their respective countries for promoting bilateral exch-
anges and mutual understanding between the people of the two co-
The Agencies shall formulate a code for cooperation on news and
infomation under their jurisdictions for stimulating the develo-
pment of the mass media. The heads of signatory agencies of this
Agreement shall coordinate and establish cooperation plans and
actions in the areas of broadcasting, television, newspapers, m-
agazines, news releases, and other fields, and may appoint a re-
presentative to implement these plans. The areas of cooperation
contemplated by this Agreement shall include the following:
1.Encouragement, by both Parties, of their respective nation's
broadcasting stations, especially government or government-re-
lated stations, to jointly produce or exchange programs conce-
rning culture, education, environmental protection, sports, a-
nd other similar programs.
2.Encouragement, by both Parties, of their respective nations'
public television stations to jointly produce programs on cul-
ture, education, politics, economics, tourism, sports, enviro-
nmental protection, and topics of general interest. In additi-
on, both Parties shall encourage their nations' commercial st-
ations to carry out similar plans and assist television manag-
ers and employees to participate in conferences and activities
3.Copyright protection for the print media, such as magazines a-
4.Encouragement, by both Parties, of newspaper and magazine man-
agers and employees to conduct exchanges and participate in c-
onferences and other relevant international activities.
5.Copyright protection for, exchange of, and cooperation on vid-
eotapes and other audio-visual materials.
6.Cooperation On and development of mass media technology.
7.Exchange visits between media professionals and between offic-
ials of the Agencies.
The scope of cooperation between the Contracting Parties may be
expanded by mutual agreement.
This Agreement shall not revise or replace any laws or regulati-
ons under the jurisdiction of either Party's implementing agency
. The provision of materials and the protection of internal doc-
uments shall be in accordance with current laws and regulations
and administrative orders under the jurisdiction of the Contrac-
ting Parties and shall not contradict the interests under either
Party's jurisdiction including the possibility of lawsuits agai-
nst each other, and violate the stated or implicit purpose, pol-
icy, or internal rules of the implementing agency of either Par-
This Agreement shall be effective on the date of signature, and
shall remain in effect for a tern of five years thereafter. Unl-
ess one of the Parties informs the other Party in writing, six
months prior to the expiration of the initial term of its inten-
tion of termination, this Agreement shall automatically be exte-
nded for an additional term of five years.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF the undersigned, being duly authorized by th-
eir respective Governments, have signed this Agreement.
Done at Taipei in duplicate, ir the Chinese and English language
, both texts being equally authentic, this third day of the thi-
rd month of the eighty-eighth year of the Republic of China, co-
rresponding to the third day of the third month of the year one
thousand nine hundred and ninety- nine.
For the Government For the Government
of the Republic of China of the Republic of Maiawi
C. J. Chen Sam Mpasu
Government Informntion Office Ministry of Information