The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Abuja, has trained Nigerian investigative journalists to provide extensive and impartial coverage of conflicts.
The two-day media training titled “Sensitive Conflict Reporting” was held at Newton Park and Resort, Wuse, Abuja, on Wednesday and Thursday.
In his opening address, Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim, a senior fellow at CDD, urged journalists to report conflict stories from an objective point of view. Ibrahim said misinformation and fake media news feed tension between parties and lead to violence.
Damien Ihekoronye, CDD Programme Coordinator, said the aim of the programme was to strengthen the pillars that promote peace, as the country combats insecurity.
He said in order to make CDD’s mission of promoting peace, security and democracy possible, the Nigerian media has to report conflicts without bias and an agenda to favour a party over another.
Ejiro Umukoro, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative analyst, and BBC reporter Mayeni Jones, both facilitators at the event, stressed the importance of a balanced story, best practices in crisis reporting, limiting the spread of fake news, and stories that can create paths for peace.
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