By Yussif Ibrahim, GNA
15, GNA - Journalists have been counselled to be accurate and factual in their
reportage when reporting on conflict situations.
They should not
rush to publish information that are inaccurate and could potentially escalate
an already volatile situation in their haste to break a story.
Yelyang, National Network Coordinator of West Africa Network for Peace
building (WANEP), who gave the advice, said a single blunder by a journalist
could cause an irreparable damage to society.
He was speaking
at a day's training workshop on conflict sensitivity in reporting and peace
building in Kumasi held for a group of journalists selected from across the
It was put
together by the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP), in collaboration
with the Ghana Centre Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana).
implored journalists to refrain from instigating one group against the other
with sensational headlines and be mindful of the cultural, religious and traditional
sensitivity of people involved in conflicts.
He reminded the
participants that bad stories often damaged the reputation of both the
journalists and their media organizations and urged them to strive for
them to always authenticate their sources of information and also consider
whether their stories could trigger conflicts or disturb public peace.
important to be security conscious as journalists and try to avoid stories that
would threaten your security", he advised the participants.
Azinim, Peace and Governance Analyst at UNDP-Ghana, said the training formed
part of a governance assessment project under a multi-stakeholder platform,
involving various civil society organizations.
She said the
platform was particularly focusing on issues bothering on electoral violence
which had always been a security threat over the years.
Ms Azim said
with election 2020 approaching, it was important to sensitize the populace on
the need to be cautious of the happenings in the country.
She said the
media had a significant role to play in this direction and urged them to be
conflict sensitive in their reportage to sustain the peace in the
believes in working together as different sectors of the society to come up
with workable interventions that are able to deal with issues facing
society", she stated.