Elections reporting: Journalists sharpening skills on tackling fake news, hate speech….

Participants, officials at opening of training yesterday

At least 40 journalists from the North West, South West, West, Littoral, Centre and South regions are sharpening their skills in Yaounde on tackling hate speech, fake news and enhancing peace in covering elections.

This is the focus of a two-day seminar that kicked off yesterday. The training is organised by the Network for Solidarity, Empowerment and Transformation for All, NewSETA with funds from the National Endowment for Democracy, NED.

The National Communication Council was represented by the Director of Communication, of the media watchdog, Alain Denis.

The training is holding under the theme “Media, Peace and Elections”. According to the Executive Director of NewSETA, Ateki Seta Caxson, it is to build the capacities of journalists to build counter narratives against fake news, hate speech associated with elections reporting.

Ateki underscored the need for journalists to share notes on enhancing a peaceful environment while covering elections with focus on hindering vices that could spark violence.

He said, the media practitioners should attain the capacity to desist from discourse that incites hate, violence, destruction, intolerance during conflict situations.

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