The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has announced that it will hold a two-day Conflict Sensitive Journalism Training on April 6-7 in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The event, according to a PUL release, will be held at the Bong Offices of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) as part of the continuation of the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS’) Emergency Response Mechanism Project titled, “Support to Preventive Diplomacy and Related Actions to Ensure a Free, Fair and Peaceful Elections in Liberia.”
As part of this project, 19 reporters will be trained in the fundamentals of journalism, importance of peace, conflict prevention through journalism, media law and ethics and social media, journalism and peace preservation.
“The participants will represent all 15 counties,” the release said.
The training will refresh journalists on the significance of safeguarding the peace and properly managing conflict sensitive information in the best interest of the state and the region at large.
Solidification of the peace, general enhancement of the capacity of journalists, better wages, journalists’ safety and protection and improvement of the legal operating environment of the media in Liberia are top priorities that will be discussed.
The European Union funded the exercise, to guarantee quality reportage of the post 2018 electoral period, considering the importance of peacebuilding after the hard fought elections which brought President George Weah to power.