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Journalists Tasked with Promoting Peace through Conflict Sensitive Reporting

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Journalists Tasked with Promoting Peace through Conflict Sensitive Reporting
Journalists have been charged to target their reports at resolving conflicts and peace building in the society, rather than triggering crisis. This charge was given during a training on "Conflict Sensitive Reporting" organized by Global Rights, an international human rights capacity building NGO in Abuja. The training aimed to deepen journalists' knowledge on crisis management and their understanding of conflict sensitive reporting issues across the globe. Participants were encouraged to uphold the values and standards of journalism, gather accurate information, and avoid judgmental representations in their reports.

ABUJA - Journalists have been charged to target their reports at resolving conflicts and peace building in the society, rather than triggering crisis.

During a two-day training on "Conflict Sensitive Reporting" organized by Global Rights, an international human rights capacity building NGO, in Abuja, journalists were encouraged to focus their efforts on promoting peace in society. The training aimed to deepen their knowledge and understanding of crisis management and conflict sensitive reporting.

Chidi Odinkalu, Nigerian Human Rights Activist and Chairman Board of Trustees Global Rights Advocates for Sustainable Development, supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa emphasized the importance of media practitioners fulfilling their constitutional roles to hold the government accountable through their reporting.

Dayo Aiyetan, Executive Director of the International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), highlighted the goal of investigative journalism as the maintenance of public morality by exposing transgressions and immoral activities. He stressed the need for accurate reporting and responsible journalism to avoid escalating potential conflicts.

"The main goal of investigative journalism is the maintenance of public morality by exposing transgression or immoral behaviour and activities. Such exposure is expected to lead to change or policy reforms," said Aiyetan.

Mojeed Musikilu, Chief Operating Officer of Premium Times, challenged journalists to gather accurate information and report objectively to prevent the escalation of conflicts. He cautioned against rushing to publish breaking news without sufficient facts and urged journalists to avoid adding embellishments to their reports.

The training also emphasized the role of journalists in resolving conflicts and promoting peace. Media professionals were encouraged to isolate all forms of incitement among warring parties and adhere to the values and standards of the profession, despite the threats and hazards they may face.

Edosa Oviawe, Programme Manager at Global Rights, pointed out that factors such as ethnic and religious divisions, political interests, poverty, and unemployment contribute to mass atrocities in Nigeria. He stressed that the government's primary purpose should be the security and welfare of the people, as stated in the constitution.

Hafez Yesufu, an IT/Security Consultant, advised journalists to prioritize their safety by using appropriate safety kits while covering conflict zones. He urged them to redouble their efforts and continue upholding professional values and standards, despite the challenges they may encounter.

A total of 29 journalists from online, print, and electronic media across different newsrooms in the country participated in the training, which aimed to equip them with the necessary skills to contribute to conflict resolution and peace building through their reporting.

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