Oct 18, 2012, 10:02 AM
Association of The Gambia (YJAG), on Saturday coached at least twenty
journalists from various media houses on migration reporting.
The training was supported by Flüchtlingsrat Baden-Württemberg (Refugee Council Baden-Württemberg), an NGO in Germany through a funding of €500.
Kebba Jeffang, president of YJAG said the topic wasn’t chosen by accident but the trending issue in the country which include youth engaging in perilous journeys through the high seas in attempt to reach Europe and other Western countries.
He reminded participants that as journalists, they should report what is factual and biased, saying migration issues need proper reporting. “We should not base our stories or issues that are not factual.”
Considering that migration and refugee issues are trending globally but particularly involving Gambians who risked their lives through perilous journey to Europe in search of greener pastures, this has brought lot of concerns leading to extensive media attention particularly the international media.
The training was meant to refocus the attention of journalists to fair and balanced reporting about migration and refugee issues through fact-checking and diversification of sources.