Gambia: MFWA organises training on media safety in Liberia

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Ahead of Liberia's elections, the Media Foundation For West Africa (MFWA) and partners are implementing a rapid response intervention aimed at addressing media safety issues in the West African country.

In a statement on Wednesday, MFWA said in partnership with the Liberia-based Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP), the intervention was being implemented in favour of media safety issues before, during and after the 2017 elections in Liberia.

The intervention, which is being supported by the Denmark-based International Media Support (IMS), seeks to ensure safety of media workers so they are able to produce reliable and professional reporting that contributes to credible and peaceful elections.

It will also provide an opportunity for experience sharing between the Ghana police and the Liberian police on promoting the safety and security of journalists during electioneering period; capacity support to journalists in Liberia with regards to ensuring their safety while covering the elections as well as a space for dialogues between Liberia security forces especially the police and media workers.

An experience-sharing forum between the Ghana Police and the Liberian police would be held on September 20 and senior police officers from Ghana who were part of the leadership of the Election Security Taskforce during Ghana’s elections would discuss and share experiences on how they worked with and supported the media on safety during Ghana’s elections last year.

This will be followed by a Police-Media forum on September 21 where senior editors and journalists, Liberian Police, ECOWAS and other key actors would discuss modalities for police-media co-operation and safety of journalists during the coverage of the elections.

Twenty-five senior journalists and editors were said to have embrked on a two-day hands-on training on how to provide credible, efficient and professional coverage of the elections while staying safe.

The training featured both local and international trainers who would build the capacity of journalists to report effectively on election-related issues and how to work effectively with police and security forces.

Ahead of Ghana’s elections in 2016, the MFWA and IMS implemented a similar intervention that contributed immensely to ensuring that the police included the safety and security of journalists in their operational plan.
-0- PANA MLJ/VAO 20Sept2017

20 september 2017 13:38:31

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