Friday 16th September, 2016
Albert Futukpor, GNA
Tamale, Sept 15, GNA – Selected journalists
from the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions have been trained on
issues based election reporting and agenda setting to promote responsible media
coverage of the December polls.
The two-day training, which was held in
Tamale, formed part of a project to ensure responsible media coverage of the
2016 general election in the three regions.
It was organised by the Rural Media Network
(RUMNET), a non-governmental organization, with support from the United States
Agency for International Development.
Mr Kassim Perez, Executive Director of
RUMNET, said the training was to remind journalists of the need to ensure
responsible media coverage of the December polls to ensure peace before, during
and after the elections.
He said certain pronouncements by
politicians during elections tended to generate tensions hence the need to
train journalists, who reported events of politicians, to promote peaceful
electoral processes to deepen the country’s democracy.
Mr Perez urged journalists to play their
gate keeping roles effectively to avoid using their platforms to propagate
messages that did not serve the general interest of the country.
He said there is the need for journalists
live up to their civic responsibility to ensure social cohesion.
Alhaji Abdul Razak Saani, Northern Regional
Director of the National Commission for Civic Education, who was a resource
person during the training, urged journalists to focus on issues dear to the
electorate whiles promoting peace in the coming elections.