The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), has Trained Journalists to Strengthen Migration reportage and Raise Awareness on Irregular Migration in Nigeria.
The Nigeria IOM Public Information Officer, Jorge Galindo made this known at the 2nd day Virtual Media Training for Migration journalists, organised by International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Nigeria.
He said journalist should be mindful of cultural norms as well as age, sex and indicators of vulnerability and to take social responsibility in promoting universal principles of human rights, democracy, justice, equity, peace and international understanding.
The Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration, the three days training provided journalists with an in-depth overview on the situation along the migratory routes in Africa towards Europe and other countries as well as a training on key terminology and legal instruments.
He said, As key players in shaping public debate, the journalists also received a training on awareness raising, ethical reporting and data protection.
In recent years, media coverage of irregular migration and of migrants’ stories have been on the rise in Nigeria. While broadcasting migrant narratives may create awareness on the risks during the journey in the countries of departure, storytelling has not engineered behavioural change and youth are still migrating irregularly.
The training led to the creation of a guide for journalists when interviewing vulnerable migrants (returnees, victims of trafficking, etc.) and journalists to support the awareness raising and outreach objectives of IOM.
Galindo urged journalists to uphold the ethics of the media profession by shunning brown envelop and showed commitment to accurate cum factual reporting by using the right terminologies to report migration issues.
Also, journalist should give a voice by fighting against stereotypes, respect people’s dignity, privacy and confidentiality and consider their vulnerability, he said.