Act! Launches Training Workshops for Journalists on Conflict Sensitive and Election Reporting

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Act! in partnership with Nation Media Group has embarked on a countrywide series of conflict sensitive reporting trainings in readiness for the 2017 general elections.

The trainings seek to expand the knowledge of NMG’s print and electronic journalists on how to report conflict, elections and violent extremism issues.

The trainings will also keenly examine the practical and pressing issues: addressing the risks associated with covering violent extremism, and reporting on conflicts or incidents related to elections.

Speaking during the inaugural training in Mombasa, Anne Nyabera, the Executive Director, Act! noted that the security challenges associated with violent extremism in Kenya provides an opportunity for journalists to be equipped with the necessary tools and skills for effective reporting.

David Aduda Business Development Manager at NMG said the trainings are destined to yield journalists with an edge in conflict and election writing and reporting. “We are aware of the past shortcomings in elections coverage. This time, we want to get it right and ensure we remain outstanding on how we cover the upcoming elections and possible political related conflicts”, said Aduda.

During the training, participants were taken through code of ethics for journalists, including the concepts of objectivity and impartiality in reporting, the Elections Laws (Amendment) Act and legal guidelines as well as how to obtain critical information to story development and protection of news sources.

Similar trainings are scheduled to be carried out in Nairobi, Central region, Upper Eastern, North Rift, Nyanza and Western region.

The trainings are being supported through the Peace, Security and Stabilization Program funded by the Royal Danish Embassy in Nairobi.