Outreach Program

AMDISS conducts Outreach Media Training in Bor

Participants in Bor listened as the session moved on: Photo credit|AMDISS

Bor-South Sudan: The Media Development Institute (MDI) an academic training school for journalism and media practice run by Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) extended its outreach program to Bor Jonglei State on March 17th 2020 .

The training brought together 20 practicing journalists, in which 5 of whom are women. They come from three different radio stations in Jonglei State. These include: Radio Jonglei, Voice of Reconciliation and Radio Peace. It also included freelance journalists.

The training was on Safety and Protection of Journalists and other Media Practitioners. It also covers Trauma Healing as one of the areas of discussion to provide psych-social support and encouragement to journalist in the face of their work.

Speaking during the event, AMDISS Executive Director, Michael Duku told participants and stakeholders at the event that, the modules used for training journalists in Bor is the same used in training MDI students in Juba.

“This training is curved out of the modules taught at MDI in Juba. It will equip South Sudan journalists working in diverse media with skills and knowledge to sustain professional standards during conflict and other coverage and to produce professional reports while paying attention to their safety and protection.” He added. He further said that, the sustainable development Goals (SDG16) also require all countries to demonstrate progress in ensuring public access to information and protecting fundamental freedoms, which include the right to freedom of expression and safety of journalists.

Duku added that, issues to do with safety and protection of journalists require a multi-stakeholder approach involving all the stakeholders at the global, regional, national as well as at state level for the case of South Sudan.

Journalists participating in the AMDISS outreach media training in Bor post for a group photo, 17 March 2020. Photo credit: AMDISS

Speaking during the same occasion, Jonglei State government Secretary General, Mr. Mabior Atem said in the opening session that, it is the sole responsibility of the government to protect the people. “Indeed, it is the responsibility of government to protect the people, but first safety is a personal responsibility. Journalists got a task to identify the environment before getting into it to avoid being in danger.” He stressed. He further said, the part of training on trauma healing is like a medicine for journalists and thanked AMDISS for providing such opportunity.

Meanwhile the Director General of the State Ministry of Information, Mr. Awoul Dau reiterated the importance of code of ethics and encouraged journalists to stick to the rules so that dangers are minimized.

The training was organized with support from USAID through Internews under the theme “Strengthening Free and Independent Media in South Sudan (i-STREAM),” project that is partly implemented by sub-grantees such as AMDISS.

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