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UNESCO holds training on post-conflict sensitive reporting in Juba

10-03-2011 (Juba)
UNESCO holds training on post-conflict sensitive reporting in Juba
Trainer Margaret Jjuuko
A total of eighteen journalists, coming from ten states of Southern Sudan, have been trained in a four-day intensive workshop, organized by the UNESCO Cairo Office in Juba from 14 to 17 February 2011. The training on conflict-sensitive reporting aimed to equip media practitioners with specific skills and techniques regarded as essential in analyzing conflict and post-conflict issues in Southern Sudan.
Margaret Jjuuko, a media consultant from the University of Rwanda, discussed with journalists the role that the media plays as society’s watchdog. Training modules addressed the issues of self-censorship and hate speech, discussed the importance of balanced reporting, as well as application of codes of conduct and human rights based approach, which are to guide journalists through the stormy waters of the post-conflict reporting.

“The media has the power to make leaders accountable and exercise good governance in accordance with the rule of law. It is looked at as an entity that will bring hope in today’s society settings,” said Dr Jjuuko.

Discussions on how to balance conflict-sensitive stories by avoiding the use of sensitive language were highly appreciated by the participants. The workshop also enabled journalists to better understand various approaches to reporting in a multilingual and multi-cultural environment, authenticating sources, verifying information, etc. Practical exercises equipped the participants with the skills to identify weaknesses in the representation, construction and framing of conflict-sensitive stories in the news media.

The media sector in Southern Sudan remains a key to strengthening democracy and nation building efforts in this new society. Training in conflict-sensitive reporting has been designed to play a positive role towards unity and reconciliation, democracy and human rights, sustainable peace and development.
UNESCO holds training on post-conflict sensitive reporting in Juba Participants of the workshop

Related themes/countries

      · Training of Media Professionals
      · Media in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations
      · Sudan
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