From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Govít to School Journalists on HIV Reporting
By Aruna Turay
May 12, 2010, 17:04

The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) has disclosed plans to school Journalists from both the print and electronic media on procedures in reporting HIV/AIDS in Sierra Leone. This disclosure was made by the Deputy Director for the Ministry of Information and Communication Dominic Lamin in an exclusive interview with the Awareness Times on Tuesday 11th May 2010 in his office at Youyi Building in Freetown. According to Mr. Lamin, Journalists are the means through which information are passed for the consumption of the public. For this to be achieved, Journalists need to have accurate information on issues they reports on. He said HIV/AIDS is a major concern in Sierra Leone that needs accurate reporting but in real terms, receives the least publicity. To discourage this, the Ministry of Information and Communications HIVAIDS Unit has secured funding from UNICEF to train journalists from both the print and electronic media on HIV/AID reporting and the role of Journalists in creating awareness in society about the disease.

At the end of the training, he went on journalists must be able to explain what is HIV/AIDS, how it spreads and it prevented, explain the role of the media in creating awareness about HIV/AIDS, explain what the rights of people living with the disease are and the relevance of protecting them, explain the relationship between stigma and discrimination and devise ways of fighting it and above all, improve on reporting on HIVAIDS in the media. The Deputy Director reveals the training is slated for 19th-21st May 2010.

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