Journalists undergo training on conflict-sensitive reporting ahead of polls

The training aims at sharpening and preparing Journalists mentally to cover elections.

In Summary

•The training aims at sharpening and preparing Journalists mentally to cover elections in August without bias as a way of maintaining peace and avoiding conflicts perceived to be hotspots.

•Isabel Radoli, Communication Officer Acts Change Transform ( ACTS) said that the organization has held such pieces of training in over 20 counties

Scribes during a two day training at Goshen Inn Hotel in Eldoret Town, Uasin Gishu County on June 10,2022.
Scribes during a two day training at Goshen Inn Hotel in Eldoret Town, Uasin Gishu County on June 10,2022.
Image: TONY WAFULA

Journalists from five counties of Trans-Nzoia, Bungoma, Nandi, Nakuru and West Pokot have undergone a two-day training on conflict-sensitive reporting as the general elections near.

The training aims at sharpening and preparing Journalists mentally to cover elections in August without bias as a way of maintaining peace and avoiding conflicts perceived to be hotspots.

In an interview with the Star on Friday, Isabel Radoli, Communication Officer Acts Change Transform ( ACTS) said that the organization has held such pieces of training in over 20 counties in the country with an aim of preparing Journalists to cover elections in August.

“We have been moving around regions to train Journalists on conflict reporting mechanisms,” she said, asking those who got an opportunity to attend the training to share the knowledge gained with others in their places of work.

She added, “The organization has been engaging scribes from all media outlets in the country to ensure that every media company benefits from the pieces of training”.

She noted that the organization is at the forefront in preaching peace messages adding that they support grassroots peace organizations to ensure that peace messages are spread across the country.

“We capacity build and train Journalists on conflict resolution, mitigation and violent extremism,” she said, adding that they also hold the government accountable.

She urged journalists to stick to the media ethics while covering elections to avoid parties engaging in fights asking media owners to ensure that their journalists are well equipped to cover elections.

She asked Journalists to avoid alarming headlines when highlighting conflict stories.

“Media houses should ensure that their reporters and correspondents are prepared to cover the elections,” she said.

She added that ACTS organization partners with other organizations to ensure that peace is spread and Journalists are sticking to the code of conduct.

She added that Acts works with MCK of Kenya to ensure that media ethics is followed by media practitioners.

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