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ActionAid Nigeria Trains Kogi Journalists on Conflict Sensitive Reporting

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By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja

As part of efforts to ensure that working journalists are always guided by the codes and ethics of the profession, an international NGO,  ActionAid Nigeria has trained 30 Journalists on Conflict Sensitive Reporting .

The two day training which took place at Kini  Country Guest, Akwanga  in Nasarawa State was aimed at sensitizing journalists on how to be fair and  objective in their reportage in a conflict sensitive situation.

The Communication Coordinator,  ActionAid Nigeria, Nihinlola Ayanda said that the international Non  Governmental Organisation has engaged in training of Journalists to allow them applied the ethics of their profession at all times.

Ayanda explained that the System Structure and Strengthening Approach against Radicalization to Violent Extremism (SARVE) project in Kogi State, is an innovation of ActionAid Nigeria aimed at equipping communities with sustainable ability, capacity and structures to utilize available resources to prevent radicalization, respond to, withstand and overcome impact of adverse violence extremism should it occur.

In communique jointly signed by Lola Ayanda and Anicetus Akpatu at the end of the 2 day training, journalists have tasked to adhere to ethical standards and NUJ code of practice and should not allow themselves to be manipulated by actors in a conflict situation.

The Communique also admonished them not allow their perception and opinions affect their reportage on conflicts, stressing that the journalists must  ensure that their reportage is tilted towards promoting peace and harmonious co-existence.

It added that they must desist from the use of languages that reinforces traumatic experiences of survivors, warning to always be wary of the impact of promoting violence that can impact negatively on their audience or readers.

“Journalists must always ensure that the voice of everyone in a conflict situation is heard in their programmes and reportage, while they should be wary of the tone /pictures used in their reportage in order not to aggravate the conflict.

“Participants also emphasised the need for Media owners/Managers to adequately equip their organizations as well as provide necessary tools and incentives to enhance the productivity of reporters as it concerns conflict reportage,” the communique stated.

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