By Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna

In an efforts towards having Peace Journalism repotertage and free conflict reporting a NGO ,Mercy Corps(MC) in collaboration with the Interfaith Mediation Center (IMC) kaduna office have trained 40 journalists on conflict-sensitive reporting in Kaduna.

The training workshop was a two day event to build the capacity of media practitioners on how to report conflict sensetity repotertage without inciting violence.

In his welcome address, Mr. Godwin Okoko who represented the country director, MC Ndubisi Anyanwu stated that the organisation was a global team of humanitarians working towards creating a future where everyone will prosper.

He noted that the role of media in achieving peace and development could not be overemphasized hence the capacity building development training.

He urged participants to pay attention to training and implement knowledge learnt in their reportage.

Earlier in her remark Hajiya Asma’u Halilu the Chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna council ,said that the journalism profession required frequent training to improve skills of media practitioners to practice effectively.

“The topic for today’s training is apt, considering how in recent time, some journalists were arrested or jailed in the course of their duties.

“Many of whom became victims because they lack knowledge on conflict sensitivity reportage.

“Good journalism requires that we conduct assessment during conflict situation to understand the parties involved and the roles they play in the situation before we dissiminate any information”,she said.

Hajiya Halilu added that the media was the fourth estate of the realm and the mirror of the society urging practitioners to adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession while reporting conflict.

Similarly,Malam Jamilu Yahya, the Zonal Director, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) stated that there were laws and policies that govern conflict reporting.

Yahya who spoke on the framework and policies to address conflict sensitivity reporting, stated that reporters were expected to present news and commentaries on crisis or emergency in a professional manner.

Meanwhile some participants expressed their appreciation to the two organisations as well as the NUJ for organizing the training saying it was apt and timely.

A participant, Ibrahim Yakubu said the training would help mitigate crisis ahead of the 2023 general election adding that it would help promote peace journalism.

Another participant Comrade Muhammad lbrahim Yaba said he had been enlightened on how to report and write conflict report , urging journalists to follow the code and ethics guiding the profession.

“I think we need more of this training as we approach 2023 elections”,he said.