By; SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri
Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development has organized a one day media training on conflict sensitive communication and reporting in transitional justice and reintegration in Borno State for Maiduguri based working journalists yesterday at Hajja Manga Memorial Hall Giwa Barracks Area Maiduguri.
The Project Manager, Allamin Foundation, Mr. Samuel Orahii said the training was aimed at exposing the journalists to the nitty gritty of diversity in news reporting or mass communication, as well as identifying the ways and manners issues of the individuals, groups and organisations including environment, religious, ethnic and political affiliation affects content of news stories written and disseminated by the journalists in conflict areas like Borno State, which is the epic center of the Boko Haram insurgency.
He added that the issues of misconception, perception, strategies and precautions are vital to the combat journalists that report from different sections of the state or society and states at large, where despite the principles and techniques of news writing and editing, refreshing ourselves on the contemporary issues in news reporting and. communication in transitional justice is desirous and significant which informed the workshop.
The facilitator of the training, Mohammed Auwal Umar of the Mass Communication Department, University of Maiduguri anchored on the categories and factors of diversity and the possible emerging problems and challenges associated with news reporting by the media, whether print, electronic or online.
He also elaborated the unethical issues relating to news writing and reporting while sharing experiences and discussions with the journalists of consequences and unprofessionalistic conduct and behaviour of the journalists at the time of writing news or communication to the large heterogeneous society leading to negligence that resulted in conflicts in many instances across the state, region and country at large due our diversity and level of marriage to certain factors.
Awwal further explained extensively on the issues that are possible to ignite, arise and create tension or conflicts I the society hence at every instance there are conflicts always between individuals, organization’s or. Groups and associations among others which are inevitable. While guiding the journalists on the needful and strategies to peace journalism prevalence in Conflict areas.
He also related conflict sensitive reporting and communication to trasnatiomal justice relating concerning the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency especially, the possibility of outburst of conflict if care is not taken from the aggrieved members of communities, repentant insurgents, IDPs. host community members or leaders,, youth and women groups among others.
The NUJ State Secretary, Ali Ibrahim. Chiroma on behalf of the State Chairman of the NUJ, Dauda Iliya thanked the organizer’s and expressed profound gratitude and appreciation of the NUJ and its members to the foundation for organising such workshop while pledging continuous working relationship with the foundation in future and always to achieve its mandate in the overall interest of humanity and the vulnerable in the society.
He also assured that the Maiduguri based working journalists will continue to do the needful and ensure justice prevail and people are enlightened and oriented on the human rights issues and transitional justice framework and formalities as well policies for effective documentation and implementation.