Thursday, 5 December 2013
With the helm of conflicts in the Great Lakes Region, a peace journalism strategy for the affected countries is in due course.
The Uganda Media Development Foundation (UMDF) is set to extend peace journalism trainings and efforts to South Sudan and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The same project is being planned for Rwanda.
Speaking during a media dialogue at the Ministers’ Village Hotel in Ntinda, Kampala, the Executive Director of UMDF Mr. James Kigozi says that the journalists in the two conflict affected countries need to be empowered with conflict sensitive reporting skills.
He adds that this will help them work in line with the sensitive approaches to reporting peace.
Mr. Kigozi says that some journalists from Juba in South Sudan and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo will at some point be invited to Uganda where they will be attached to different media houses that have excelled in peace journalism for mentoring.
UMDF has been championing the peace journalism efforts in Uganda for the last five years with support from Bread for the World.
In Uganda, peace journalism has continues to be practiced in the Rwenzori, Northern, West Nile and Eastern region that are post conflict.