SOUTH SUDAN /PEACE JOURNALISM

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The Communications and Public Information Section of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) organized a three-day training for 28 journalists in Western Equatoria State to equip them with necessary knowledge on unbiased peace journalism. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / PEACE JOURNALISM
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 28 JUNE 2021, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN

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1.Various shots, participants receiving certificates
2.Various shots, training room
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Chieku Suzan, Journalist, Anisa FM, Western Equatoria:
“I have learnt a lot on gender equality in journalism which many people don’t consider much. I also leant about peace journalism, how you can record a story during conflict, not to be dependent on one party or being biased in your stories.
4.Various shots, training room
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Billy Eluzai, Journalist, Amadi FM, Western Equatoria.
“This time our citizens need to know what is happening in the peace agreement, what chapters [mean] and [what] the peace agreement is saying about? Especially [for] us the broadcasters this is a time of peace. How do we report peacefully as a journalist? The journalists’ ethics and what kind of stories that we can feature that can bring peace and which [are the] ones that can bring hate speech to the community where we are serving.”
6.Various shots, training room
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Alex Digi, Press Secretary, Office of the Governor of Western Equatoria:
“We will make sure that we quote some articles and explain to the community so that they know what the Revitalized Peace Agreement is saying about the articles or about a particular topic, be it security, development, reform. Whatever the article, we will make sure that we disseminate it to our community through our radio stations.”
Various shots, training room
8. SOUNDTBITE (English) Christopher Murenga, Head of Field Office, UNMISS Yambio:
“Journalism is an extremely important part of any peace process because it is through the media that news of peace is disseminated very widely. And therefore, journalists can either be positive or negative [influences]. What we wanted to do was to make sure that within Western Equatoria, journalism is positive. It’s this training that we want to start and continue doing on a regular basis in order to make sure that there is that positivity in journalism and in spreading the message of peace.”
9.Wide shot, training room

STORYLINE:

The Communications and Public Information Section of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) organized a three-day training for 28 journalists in Western Equatoria State to equip them with necessary knowledge on unbiased peace journalism.

This comes in line with the ethical obligation of the media to transform societies in which they operate and discourage conflicts within the communities

The workshop covered a range of topics including the UNMISS mandate and activities within the world’s youngest country, the codes of peace journalism, conduct and ethics of journalists, basic journalistic skills, removing gender bias from media reportage, reporting on children during conflict, safety of journalists during COVID-19, role of press secretaries and the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

SOUNDBITE (English) Chieku Suzan, Journalist, Anisa FM, Western Equatoria:
“I have learnt a lot on gender equality in journalism which many people don’t consider much. I also leant about peace journalism, how you can record a story during conflict, not to be dependent on one party or being biased in your stories.”

For Billy Eluzai a radio journalist from Amdi FM, such training is vital as South Sudan works towards building a durable peace.

SOUNDBITE (English) Billy Eluzai, Journalist, Amadi FM, Western Equatoria.
“This time our citizens need to know what is happening in the peace agreement, what chapters [mean] and [what] the peace agreement is saying about? Especially [for] us the broadcasters this is a time of peace. How do we report peacefully as a journalist? The journalists’ ethics and what kind of stories that we can feature that can bring peace and which [are the] ones that can bring hate speech to the community where we are serving.”

For his part, the Press Secretary for the Governor of Western Equatoria talked about the need to educate the local communities on the Revitalized Peace Agreement through radio programs.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alex Digi, Press Secretary, Office of the Governor of Western Equatoria:
“We will make sure that we quote some articles and explain to the community so that they know what the Revitalized Peace Agreement is saying about the articles or about a particular topic, be it security, development, reform. Whatever the article, we will make sure that we disseminate it to our community through our radio stations.”

Speaking at the workshop, the Head of the UNMISS Field Office in Western Equatoria, Christopher Murenga, reiterated the UN’s commitment to working with the local journalists in disseminating messages of peace and social cohesion among communities.

SOUNDTBITE (English) Christopher Murenga, Head of Field Office, UNMISS Yambio:
“Journalism is an extremely important part of any peace process because it is through the media that news of peace is disseminated very widely. And therefore, journalists can either be positive or negative [influences]. What we wanted to do was to make sure that within Western Equatoria, journalism is positive. It’s this training that we want to start and continue doing on a regular basis in order to make sure that there is that positivity in journalism and in spreading the message of peace.”
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