An NGO, Search For Common Ground (SFCG), has called on journalists in Plateau covering conflict situations to be sensitive in their reportage to avoid escalating the crises.
The NGO, in a 5-day workshop on conflict-sensitive reporting for journalists in the state, also advised journalists to strive to be fair to all sides and verify every information before publishing.
The National Programme Manager, SFCG, Mr. Tog Gang, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the workshop on Friday that the media was a crucial stakeholder in peacebuilding, especially at a time where the country was faced with insecurity.
Gang said the training was intended to provide journalists with skills to provide conflict-sensitive reports to the public in Plateau.
“We do understand that the media is a crucial stakeholder in any aspect, especially in peacebuilding in Plateau.
“This training is intended to equip journalists with skills to provide conflict-sensitive reports to the public which in turn can de-escalate violent conflicts,” he said.
Gang also tasked journalists to abide by the tenets of conflict-sensitive reporting and foster peaceful co-existence among the diverse groups in the society through their reports.
A participant, Mr Tok Morgan, of KT FM, Jos, said the training had enlightened him on the role of media in peacebuilding.
Morgan added that the training enlightened him more on the importance of balancing reports and the use of accurate data in his reports. (NAN)
– Sept. 25, 2020 @ 16:15 GMT |