NCIC trains reporters and bloggers on conflict sensitive journalism

In countries affected by electoral conflicts and isolated incidences of human insecurity, such as Kenya, the media have an important role to play as an active promoter of human rights and democratization, as well as a facilitator of conflict reduction and resolution through the gathering and dissemination of non-partisan information.

The National Cohesion and Integration (NCIC) appreciates the traditional role of “good” journalism as an enabler to the public to make well informed decisions. However, good journalism is difficult work at the best of times. It is against this backdrop that the Commission in partnership with the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) sought to train radio, TV and print reporters as well as bloggers on conflict sensitive reporting. The trainings were held in Nairobi, Western and Coast regions on 12th April, 4th May and 9th May 2017 respectively. They were sensitized on among other topics, safety in a conflict environment, international standards and practices of conflict-sensitive journalism, and tips on working with conflict-affected groups.

It was noted that in a society threatened by violent conflict, journalists face much greater difficulties. They operate in a climate of fear and threats and with opposing sides seeking to control the media. But covering a conflict is also when good journalism is most important. In conflict situations, the role of the media is critical in providing the public with full, reliable and non-partisan information. The approaches and methods of conflict sensitive journalism allow the media to provide the public with more comprehensive, neutral and accurate information on the conflicts.

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