Posted by: africanpressorganization | 11 March 2010

Côte d’Ivoire / Media and civil society tackle how to strengthen social cohesion in Gagnoa





Côte d’Ivoire / Media and civil society tackle how to strengthen social cohesion in Gagnoa



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, March 11, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) launched the seventh edition of its seminar on “The role of local media and civil society in strengthening social cohesion” on Wednesday, 10 March 2010, in Gagnoa, 285 km from Abidjan. For two days, 35 participants, including village chiefs, religious leaders, civil society representatives, local media and youths from Gagnoa, Guiberoua, Oumé and Ouragahio, will discuss how the media and civil society can contribute to creating a peaceful electoral climate.


Opening the seminar, UNOCI’s chief of delegation, Lassila Nzeyimana, said that “The objective of this meeting between journalists, opinion leaders and representatives of civil society in the Fromager region is to create the best conditions to ensure that the media becomes a major actor in maintaining and strengthening a peaceful electoral environment”.


The first theme, presented by Adadjo Komlan from UNOCI’s Civil Affairs Section, focused on “prevention and management of conflicts, principles and dynamics”. His presentation provided the tools for the prevention and management of conflict to the audience. According to Mr. Adadjo: “The prevention and management of conflicts is based on four principles: listening to the protagonists, identifying the misunderstandings, reflection and resolving the conflict by the implication of traditional institutions namely chiefs and traditional authorities”.


Diarassouba Moussa, from the Ivorian Movements for Human Rights (IMHR), representing civil society in Gagnoa, made a presentation on “Civil Society’s view of the media in the Fromager region in the electoral process”. According to him, “most of the press organs are subservient to political parties so much so that sometimes information that are given are not true and can sow discord within the population. And the inflammatory titles in newspapers do not favour social cohesion within the population”.


Addressing “The role of the local media and the civil society in the Fromager region in strengthening social cohesion in the electoral period”, Jean-Marie Koffi, from the Agence Ivoirienne de Presse (AIP) in Gagnoa, invited the local media to play an educational role by training and sensitizing people on the importance of a peaceful electoral climate.


UNOCI’s consultant, Yoro Sangaré, presented the theme “Media and Civil Society in the Fromager region: facing the challenge of a peaceful electoral environment”. The exchanges revolved around the role of intercommunity relay the participants can play and identifying how the media and civil society can collaborate to ensure a peaceful electoral climate.


Gagnoa is the seventh leg of this series of workshops which has already been held in Bouna, Divo, Guiglo, San Pedro, Man and Bondoukou.



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