Journalists Fine-tune Skills On Peace Reporting

Participants at the Bamenda workshop are drawn from the media and civil society

Journalists from some media houses in Bamenda and some civil society members have been fine-tuning their skills on  peace reporting (peace Journalism) in a workshop holding at the Presbyterian Church Centre Mankon, Friday July 21, 2017. The workshop is coming as Cameroons anticipates general and local election in 2018.

 The workshop organized by Alexander Vojvoda, Prof Young blood and Rev Geraldine Fobang intends to beef up the skills of media men and women to be assets to the electoral process be reporting in ways that will promote the culture of tolerance, peace and transparency. “Peace Journalism” as they put it is primary out to contribute something for peace and justice in reporting in a conflict or potential conflict situation.

Using the 17 basic rules of Peace Journalism by McGoldrick and Lynch, the participants have been discussing on the things they should avoid in election reporting. They learned from these basic principles that is best to avoid sharing violent and defamatory comments by candidates during elections, treating elections like a horse race between two candidates, sharing comments and reports that promote sectarianism and division within society, avoid apportioning blames to candidates for causing conflict, avoid letting candidates define themselves by their propaganda, framing elections as a personality conflict, avoid unbalance stories amongst others.

Obah Rose-Camasej NW president opening address

Today’s workshop is part of a series of four and seven in-house trainings in the towns of Bamenda, Buea, Limbe, Kumbo, Mamfe and Yaounde which started on the 16 to end on July 29, 2017. The trainings are organized with the assistance of the American Embassy in Yaoundé, The Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Global Peace, the PCC and CCMN.

This workshop would be followed by an in-house training at the Foundation Radio on Saturday

This workshop would be followed by an in-house training at the Foundation Radio on Saturday

Chris Mbunwe of the Post News Paper in an interactive exchange[/caption]

Participants at the Bamenda workshop are drawn from the media and civil society

cross section of participants[/caption]

 

By Fokum Emmanuel P.

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