Sep 20, 2012, 9:36 AM
At least some 30 journalists across
The three strands of the workshop are pertinent to the
development of the sub region. Just about a decade ago, the
In a way, this workshop is meant to draw attention to the futility of war and what must be done to prevent the sub region from sliding again down the path of death and destruction and desolation.
Among the key issues that the participants will be concerned with during the three-day workshop are: building journalists' awareness on their role in the promotion of peace and human rights; improving journalists' understanding of their role in the preservation of peace. The others include improving and broadening the understanding and perspectives of journalists' on human rights and peace issues and drawing up the journalists' code of good conduct for peace reporting.
If the participants internalise and put into practice these weighty issues, they will be able to set a new agenda of peace, progress and prosperity for the sub region.
The workshop also shows that West African journalists are very much alive to their responsibility to make the sub region a just and prosperous place where everyone will be assured of a better life. Because of this immense responsibility being shouldered by the media, state authorities would be wise therefore to repeal all draconian press laws and allow journalists free rein to do their job for the common good.
We would like to commend the Gambia Press Union, the Capacity Building Project of the West African Journalists' Association (CBP-WAJA), the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Trust Bank (The Gambia) Limited, Gambega, and ECObank for making this all-important workshop a reality.