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British Council Trains Journalists On Election Reporting

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The European Union (EU)-funded British Council in conjunction with Managing Conflict in Northeast Nigeria (MCN) held a four-day capacity building workshop for journalists on conflict sensitive communications and election reporting.

The workshop, which ended at the weekend in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, was attended by 20 journalists.

In his presentation on the nature of conflict sensitive reporting towards the 2019 elections, Professor Umaru Pate of the Bayero University Kano (BUK), charged the participants to be professional by adhering to the ethics of journalism in their reportage of the 2019 general elections.

Pate used one his publications titled: “Professionalism and Risk Management in Reporting of Terror Groups and Violent Extremism in Northeast Nigeria, 2009 – 2015: How journalists survived to report,” to expose the attendees to better ways of reporting elections and other sensitive issues.

Other presentations were “Media and conflict analysis” and “Media and election coverage” by Dr. Arthur-Martins Aginam; “Management of interactive media programmes and gender and social inclusion” by Lauratu Abdulsalam; “Hate and dangerous speech in political reporting and managing fake news in conflict and election reporting” by Bonat Tagwai.

Tagwai took the participants on the steps to curbing hate and dangerous speeches, and urged media practitioners to be sensitive to the prevailing circumstances.

The team leader of British Council in Borno State, Zara Goni said that apart from capacity building, the collaborating parties in Northeast Nigeria have embarked on the empowerment of the people, especially women in the region.

“We have empowered and trained 450 community leaders on alternative dispute resolution with a plan to train female traditional title holders in recognition of their role in settling disputes. We have also empowered 405 members of the Civilian Joint Taskforce on various skills acquisition so as to provide them alternatives when the Boko Haram war is over,” Goni said.



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