Gov’t told to include media in foreign policy

By Atimaku Joan

An Activist has urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to include the media as part of its foreign policy by customizing its media agenda for the country to be known to the world.

Speaking to the media after a validation workshop conducted by the UN Women under the theme “Women Media Advocacy Strategy” on Tuesday, Edmund Yakani the Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization said that the South Sudan’s foreign image is always portrayed through its media and the country has an issue of being always seen negatively therefore, there is need to clear such bad image.

“South Sudan’s image is always read through its media and we have a big issue where we are seen always negative because we don’t have a foreign police on how we want to use the media so, I would like to call upon the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Cooperation to give a guideline on how to take the foreign image or how to portray South Sudan in and outside the country,” said Yakani.

The Executive Director said that the media has to be aware of the foreign interests in order for them to be able to publish and to protect the image of the country.

He also urged all the private sectors within the country to consider promoting media workby awarding the best performing journalists and media houses annually.

However, attempt to reach Hakim Edward the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation were in vain.

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