IOM trains journalists on migration reporting

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

In an effort to equip and expose journalists to migration reporting skills, the European Union (EU) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently trained journalists on migration reporting at Sindola Hotel in Kanilai, Foni Kansala.

The two-day capacity building, which brought together journalists from both the print and electronic media was held under the EU-IOM joint initiative for migrant protection and reintegration project.

Lamin Jahateh, programme manager of The Gambia Press Union said the training will equipped journalists with the requisite skills and knowledge, especially those who report on migration.

The ethics of migration reporting, he said, is new, and that is why they want journalists to be professional in migration reporting, saying The Gambia Press Union aims to train journalists on different areas.

Miko Alazas, IOM communication officer said migration has become a topical issue in The Gambia, challenging participants to take the training seriously.

“We are not going to tell you what you should report on migration because as journalists, you are expected to report independently and professionally. It is your job to know what you are going to report.”

He said as a United Nations agency, their mandate is to address the dangers of migration and that he is hopeful that the training would help the journalists on how to report on migration better. 

Author: Njie Baldeh