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TRAINING ON MEDIA MONITORING KICKS OFF

By Christine Taban

A three-day Media Monitoring training for journalists started yesterday at the Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS). The training is supported by the Norwegian People’s Aid.

Duku Michael, the Executive Director of AMDISS said the main purpose of the workshop was to gather reports on whether the media environment was improving or not.

“After the training, there is need for developing mechanism to bring all the previously scattered, unmonitored reports together with some focal persons to monitor as media in order to understand the media landscape across the country,” Duku  said.

According to the AMDISS chairperson Mary Ajith, they were receiving many complaints from some media houses that the media development body-AMDISS was not responding to some complaints such as harassment of journalists, and removal of articles from newspaper pages.

She said sometimes the complaints were not reported on time, making it difficult for AMDISS to immediately follow the cases, and to help the media houses.

Ms. Ajith explained that some people say the media landscape in South Sudan has improved without any monitoring platform.

“It will be difficult to rely on because starting from January up to today, some journalists have faced challenges like harassment and after their release, some were told to keep silent not to talk about the issue and indeed others remained silent,” Ajith said.

She added that as AMDISS, they know how to intervene to help journalists in such cases.

Jacob Atem, the Norwegian People’s Aid representative reiterated their support to AMDISS.

 

 

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