SADC journalists urged to influence bloc's social cohesion

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary Stergomena Tax has challenged journalists in the region to provide election coverage that gives voters comprehensive, accurate and reliable information on all aspects of the electoral process.

Speaking in Gaborone at the commemoration of World Press Freedom Day on Thursday, Dr. Tax said there were areas where the media could make positive contributions to the SADC bloc.

“The media is required to provide relevant information, analyse it and offer substantive opinions to the public, while also serving as a platform for debate and discussion,” she said, citing that between 2018 and 2019, ten SADC member states will hold national elections.

Dr. Tax has encouraged the regional media to familiarize and follow the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections and the Guidelines on Media Coverage of Elections in the SADC Region, agreed by media practitioners under the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA).

In addition, she said media should responsibly influence the bloc to enhance social cohesion, promote peace and stability and advance the SADC Regional Integration Agenda.

“I urge the media in the region to desist from sensational reporting and propagating ‘fake news’ which can be detrimental to our society,” said Dr. Tax.

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03 mai 2018 18:07:15

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