From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Journalists Trained on Human Rights, Elections & Investigative Reporting
By Bampia Bundu
Aug 20, 2010, 17:10

With support from Ibis West Africa, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has from 16 to 18 August 2010 trained 15 journalists from Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia on Human Rights, Peace building, Elections and Investigative reporting at the Corina Hotel Monrovia in Liberia.


In his opening address, the Communication Officer for MFWA, Mr. Sulemana Braimah welcomed participants from the three countries who attended the training ceremony. He said it is a pleasure for him to see all participants eager and ready to undergo such a rigorous training.


He continued by stating that the objective of the three days training workshop is to develop the skills and capacity of journalists across the sub-region to effectively report on Human rights, Peace building, Elections and Investigative reporting, adding that the training ceremony will help serve as an eye opener to all the participants as the resource persons were well qualified journalists who have contributed effectively in the field of journalism.

Journalist Participants at the Training in Liberia

He also appealed to participants to take the training seriously and ask relevant questions for clarifications as the training is interactive. Mr. Braimah revealed that they are going to continuing organizing such training in the sub-region in order to build the capacity of journalists for them to execute their jobs professionally. I implore you to use the training you get here to continuously report human interest stories, and investigate issues thoroughly before publishing; we count on your cooperation. We will continue to monitor your work, Braimah said.  The Training itself commenced and concluded well with special focus on the following topics:

the concept of early warning and understanding early warning signals and how they can be identified during elections and other conflict-prone events,

Current critical issues on Human Rights in post conflict countries and societies in West Africa,

what to report and how to report Human Right stories,

Effective election reporting to promote peace and democracy,

Fundamentasl of investigative journalism,

Techniques of investigative journalism and

Ethic of investigative journalism among other topics.

All the above presentations were efficiently conducted by Facilitators in the persons of Mr. Napoleon Abdulai Human Right Lawyer, Councellor James N. Verdier Jr, Mr. Kwasi Gyan Apenteng, and Anas Aremeyaw Anas who has won 34 awards world-wide for his work in the field of journalism.

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