From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna,
Journalists in the country have been encouraged to douse conflicts via their reportage instead of escalating them.
A Senior Lecturer at the Department of Journalism, Lagos State University, (LASU), Dr. Jide Jimoh, stated this during a one-day sensitization training for Journalists in Kaduna on Friday.
The Don said Journalists, can contribute their quota positively in curbing conflicts ” by first recognizing the fact that during conflicts all the conflict parties will like to use Journalists to further their agenda and most of the time the agenda they have is inimical to the welfare of the society
Dr Jimoh in his presentation titled: ‘An Overview of Conflict’ defined conflict as an inevitable reality of life and it occurs within individual, between individuals, groups and nations, saying the dilemma is not managing conflict before it turns into crisis.
He said in view of this, media practitioners has a great role to play in the management of conflicts , encouraging the participants to be more robust in conflict analysis in order to assess the nature of the conflict.
Dr Jimoh however warned Journalists that in as much as they are duty bound to report conflicts; they should put their own personal safety first, as it is only the living that could tell any story.
He said the participants should be grateful for being part of the training facilitated by,
Community Initiatives to promote peace, (CIPP),
funded by USAID, in collaboration with ARDA,MERCY CORPS,IMC,SCDDD and PARE.
The trainer also advised Journalists to guard against trauma as many world class award winning Journalists have lost their lives due to trauma they suffered from their reportage.
Speaking earlier the Media and Public Outreach 0fficer, of CIPP
Priscilla Fibereima, said the essence of putting the project/Training together is to sensitize Journalists on how to report on conflicts issues without contributing negatively to it, but rather proffering solutions.
While describing the Training a success, she called on trainees to put to action what they have gathered to ensure a better society considering their invaluable role in ensuring a peaceful society which in turn she noted will make people to begin ” to see reasons why they shouldn’t fight in the first place and why they should resolve conflicts amicably without involving violence ”
“The Project is aimed at empowering communities to prevent and respond to violence and violent extremism by strengthening key skills and relationships in communities and harnessing the role of Women in peace building in conflict communities in Plateau, Kogi, Benue ,Kano, Katsina and Kaduna States” She said