Staff of MISNA (Missionary International Service News Agency) are appealing to Pope Francis to intervene and help save the agency from closing down.
Yesterday the publishers of MISNA informed the staff of their decision to close down the agency before the end of the year because of financial problems.
MISNA was founded by Fr Giulio Albanese, a Comboni Missionary in 1997, and it is owned by Comboni Missionaries, Consolata Missionaries, Xaverian Missionaries and the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions.
It has so far been the only international news agency focusing on missionary work and on ordinary people in different parts of the world, with a special focus on the developing world.
Cases of injustice, struggles for liberation, human rights and good governance have been carefully and consistently brought to light by MISNA. It has been in deed an agency that gives voice to the voiceless and the marginalised.
Closing down MISNA, as the staff point out in their appeal to Pope Francis, would be a serious mistake.
All the issues affecting the ordinary and poor people in developing countries - normally ignored by the mainstream news agencies, will be swept under the carpet.
By Stephen Ogongo Ongong’a