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Liberian Journalists Train In Conflict SensitiveReporting
By Robert Dixon
MONROVIA, April 27 (LINA) -A visiting Nigerian journalist, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, has urged Liberian journalists to be conflict sensitive in their reporting as the 2014 Mid-Term Senatorial Election approaches.
He told the journalists that with their pens and microphones, they have the power to stir up conflict during the period of elections or use the same power to promote peace.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Mr. Arogundade made the statement at the weekend at the close of a week-long conflict sensitive reporting training for Liberian journalists held at the Lutheran Church Compound in Sinkor.
The week-long training was organized by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
Mr. Arogundade, who is also Director of the International Press Center in Lagos, Nigeria, called on reporters to use their power in the right direction to bring about positive change in society.
“The major reason a journalist reports and does follow-ups on critical issues in the society is to effect change that will benefit the society and not for the reporter to be seen as a tough journalist,” the Nigerian Democratic Report Editor-In-Chief added.
The trainees were reminded that as the ‘watchdogs’ of the society, they have a very special role to play in suppressing conflict, especially during the tense period of elections.
Mr. Arogundade, who served as chief facilitator of the program, used the Rwanda and Uganda scenarios to point out how bad journalism can inflame conflict and subsequently lead to the loss of lives.
Journalists who underwent the special training expressed gratitude for the opportunity afforded them, and assured that they would be guided by the principles of journalism.