Journalists end training on countering Hate-Speech
At least 18 South Sudanese journalists have been trained on basic journalism skills, countering hate speeches, human rights, environmental and humanitarian reporting by Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS), UNESCO and UNMISS Human Rights Department.
Speaking during the closing remarks, the Chairperson of UJOSS, Oliver Modi said, “Knowledge is the power for journalists to change the country.”
Oliver Modi said that UJOSS has 5 years strategic plan which includes creating a conflict free society, and an informed and free society.
“Journalists must tell the truth from all what is happening because one day South Sudanese will be a well informed and free society,” Modi said.
He urged journalists from the various media houses to have cooperation, commitment and courage to do their work, saying; “where there is a will, there is away.”
“Seek for the truth and balance your stories from all sources because good stories are the stories which are rich with all the sources and information reflected, not one sided stories,” Modi emphasized.
Modi said the issue of reporting on conflicts has become the order of the day, therefore, journalists must change, saying there are many things journalists can report about such as economics and other social activities.
Modi urged the journalists not to encourage hate speeches, urging them to be in the frontline on promoting peace, good governance and rule of law, democracy and development in the country.
Speaking on behalf of the journalists, Lugala Emmanuel Lugala expresses appreciation and thanks to UJOSS, UNESCO and UNMISS for organizing such an importance training for the journalist and urged them to extend it to all the parts of the Country.
“This training is very educative and interactive and it has made us learn many things like hate speeches; human rights and humanitarians, conflicts and post conflict reporting, and environmental reporting in the Country,” Lugala said.
On the opening remarks, UNMISS Human Rights Officer, Michael Ngabirano urged the journalists to be cautious and report things in order to be able to keep reporting in the future.
“We want you to continue reporting and if you want to continue reporting then report, so that you cannot stop reporting tomorrow,” said Ngabirano.
However, UNESCO Head of Communications, Mwatile Ndinoshiho urged journalists to stop and avoid hate speeches, saying hate speech is dangerous in conflict situations.
By Mabor Riak Magok