“Be sensitive in reporting on electoral violence”, UNDP urges media

By Dennis Peprah, GNA

Kumasi, Aug.
14, GNA – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday, called
on the media to be sensitive when repotting on issues relating to electoral
violence, as Ghana prepares for Election 2020.

This, it is
expected, will promote, deepen and consolidate national peace and social
cohesion.

According to
the UN Agency, Journalists and media practitioners in the country could “do
good to the nation” if they used their pens and airwaves to highlight on
conflict prevention.

Mrs Melody
Azinim, Peace and Governance Analyst at the UNDP, who made the call, noted
that, even though Ghana is recognised as a peaceful nation, issues on election
violence could easily trigger and disturb the prevailing peace in the nation.

She was
addressing the opening session of a knowledge management on conflict sensitive
reporting and peace building workshop for media practitioners in Kumasi.

Mrs Azinim
emphasised that peace and security remained critical components and a prerequisite
tool that facilitated and accelerated national development.

Insecurity, she
observed had no political colour, and advised the media to guard against
articles and reports that had the potential to trigger violence.

It is being
attended by Senior Journalists and Editors drawn from the various regions in
the country, and organised by the UNDP and the Ghana Center for Democratic
Governance (CDD-Ghana), and facilitated by the Ghana Journalists Association
(GJA).

It is in line
with a consultative platform initiated by the CDD and the UNDP, aimed at
promoting dialogue and building consensus on national policy response to
systemic governance issues.

Mr Mawusi
Dumenu, Research Analyst at the CDD-Ghana, explained the platform sought to
build and strengthen partnerships with civil society organisations, media,
government and the private sector. “This is geared towards developing pragmatic
interventions to deal with critical issues to promote peace, stability and good
governance in the country”, he emphasised.

Mr Kojo
Impraim, a Research and Development Consultant indicated that the media played
critical role in nation building and practitioners must be supported to upgrade
their knowledge to impact on society.

In a welcoming
address, Mr Kingsley E. Hope, the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the GJA said
issues of armed robbery, kidnapping, and political party vigilantism threatened
national security and stability, and called for concerted and decisive measures
to deal with such national challenges.

GNA

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