Participants Advocate For Balance-Reporting In Sensitive Reportage


By Abubakar Abba Kaduna

Participants at the just concluded two-day Capacity Building for Community Observers and the selected media practitioners practicing in kaduna state have recommended for the strengthening Legislative Constituency offices across the country as a mechanism to enhance coordinated feedback and information gathering on Early Warning signals for timely and targeted response.

The workshop was organised by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) Nigeria with support from Open Society Foundation Africa. 

In their 14 points communique jointly by Executive Director of CISLAC in Nigeria Auwal Ibrahim Musa Rafsanjani, Emmanuel Shall of Mercy Corps and Chat Sunday Adamu of the Global Peace Development, they recommended for In-depth conflict analysis by relevant stakeholders in Early Warning and Early Response to support coordinated response to emerging signals.

They recommended for embracing well-informed information gathering, factual presentation and publication as well as high-level professionalism in Early Warning reporting for timely response and purposeful development.

The participants also recommended for maintaining balance-reporting through adoption of fundamental principles in conflict sensitive reporting like background exploration, all inclusive information gathering/analysis, gender-sensitivity, objectivity and attentiveness to developments.

They further resolved for mainstreaming gender-sensitivity in Early Warning and Early Response system with adequate consideration for youth and vulnerable groups integration in systematic planning and policy response to Early Warning.

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