27.11.2018 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Journalists in Juba trained on reporting on the implementation of the Revitalised Peace Agreement

Group photo of participants (c)UNESCO

Over 50 journalists have undergone a 2-day training on effectively reporting the implementation of the Revitalized agreement on the Resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

The training that took place from 22-23 October 2018, was organised by UNESCO in partnership with the Community Empowerment for Progress (CEPO) in collaboration with the Reconstituted –Joint Monitoring Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC).

The training enhanced the competencies of media practitioners to better understand the content of the agreement in order for them to produce quality information and news with accuracy, objectivity, fairness and balance in order to promote peace and reconciliation among citizens.

Topics discussed during the training include the role and responsibilities of media practitioners in peace building, reporting on cessation of hostilities agreement in connection to human rights, provisions of R-ARCSS on gender issues, as well as building public confidence and trust in the R-ARCSS.

Ambassador Lt. Gen. Augostino Njoroge, the Acting Chair of the R-JMEC under scored the role of media in achieving durable peace in South Sudan in his opening remarks. “As the media, you have an important role to play in helping the people of South Sudan to understand the agreement through your reporting”, said Ambassador Lt. Njoroge. He told the participants that, “you being here today is a demonstration that you, members of the media, are also ready to be part of this journey for lasting peace.”

Mr. Sardar Umar Alam, UNESCO’s Country Representative to South Sudan said, “There is a need to build the capacity of journalists to report on the peace process as media will play a critical role in developing consensus in the implementation of the agreement”.

Ms. Zainab Osman, Representative from the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) said that keeping the public informed about R-ARCSS will reduce chances for political elites and others to manipulate information on the HLRF progress. “Reporting constructively, by the media on the R-ARCSS will also help in reduction of hostilities and reduce hate speech on the social media,” said Ms. Osman.

The workshop was organized with the support from the “Strengthening Dialogue for Peace and Reconciliation in South Sudan” project, which is supported by United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).

UNESCO is collaborating with various media stakeholders and media associations to implement activities aimed at strengthening the role of media in peacebuilding initiatives for lasting peace and sustainable development in South Sudan.

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