Participants at a workshop on Peace Journalism and Consolidation of Democracy in Nigeria in Abuja. Photo:Ogochukwu Okoronkwo/Radio Nigeria
The Seniors Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy, Office of the First Lady, Mallam Sani Zoro has called on the International Journalism Institute to include security studies and peace journalism among the mass communication courses.
Mallam Zoro stated this on Monday in Abuja during a workshop on Peace Journalism and Consolidation of Democracy in Nigeria.
He said that security studies would give the citizens the opportunity to defend for themselves during crises.
Mallam Sani Zoro also called on socio-cultural organisations in the country to always preach peace for the sustenance of our democracy.
The President, Centre for Media and Peace Initiatives, Dr. Uchenna Ekwo said that peace journalism was an attempt to redefine and reconstruct the role of journalists that cover conflicts.
Dr. Ekwo also urged the media especially those reporting conflicts to adopt peace journalism in their reportage.
INEC Deputy Director, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ugboaja said that peace journalism would be achieved when a story was based on truth and accuracy.
He urged the media not to mix up accuracy with propaganda.
In a remark, Ayce Ozerdem urged the media to ensure that their reports promote peace building in the society.
Reporting by Ogochukwu Okoronkwo; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu