Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 May 2009

Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI trains television journalists on balancing information in an electoral period




Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI trains television journalists on balancing information in an electoral period



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, May 5, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A training seminar on consolidating peace and balancing information in an electoral period, organised by the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), opened in Yamoussoukro on Monday with some 40 television journalists from different parts of the country.


The Acting Chief of Public Information and UNOCI Spokesman, Hamadoun Touré, said that the seminar had been organised by UNOCI as part of its programme of support to the Ivorian media, with regard to information and communication and the crisis-resolution process, which started 2005.


“This seminar which has brought us all together – the professionals that you are – television journalists, cameramen and video producers – to discuss the importance of respecting rules, ethics, deontology, applying balance when collecting and treating information to disseminate to the population, especially during an electoral period. Don’t forget that your sector is just as essential as the political, electoral, diplomatic and military plans for the restoration or peace in Côte d’Ivoire,” he added. 


Speaking at the opening ceremony of the five-day seminar, the Secretary-General of Yamoussoukro Préfecture, Youssouf Traoré, highlighted the importance of a training workshop at a time when Côte d’Ivoire was making progress on the road to peace. “A badly trained journalist can become a dangerous weapon. In certain countries, journalists have unfortunately been accomplices in genocide. I urge you to take into account professional considerations while carrying out your work,” he declared.


Earlier, the Deputy Governor of Yamoussoukro district, Léon Kouamé Loukou, who is also Deputy Mayor of the city, said that UNOCI’s initiative had come at the right time. “Right now, we can see peace at the end of the tunnel and the organisation of this seminar for journalists is very important in order for the elections, scheduled to be held in 2009, take place in a peaceful environment and for 2010 to become the year of peace”, he added.


Representatives from the Ministry of Communication and the National Commission for Audiovisual Communication (CNCA) also participated in the seminar, which will be dominated by professional practices and deontology in an electoral period, until Friday, 8 May 2009 when it is scheduled to end.



Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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