AMI joins hands with key partners to deliver a workshop for Sierra Leone editors on election coverage and prevention of violence
Freetown, 16 February 2018 – AMI has teamed up with key partners to conduct a two-day workshop for Sierra Leone journalists on election coverage and prevention of violence. This is part of its series of engagements in countries that are holding elections this year.
The workshop, which is jointly organized by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), the Peace & Security Department of the African Union Commission (AUC), the Media Reform Coordinating Group – Sierra Leone, the African Media Initiative (AMI) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), will take place in Freetown from February 16 to 17, 2018 at the Golden Tulip Hotel.
It will provide an opportunity for media professionals to enhance their knowledge of electoral laws, institutions and processes as well as providing a platform for discussion, exchange of ideas, and the sharing of good practices on the coverage of elections in ways that ensure their success, prevent violence and advance the national development agenda.
The training will bring together some 30 editors from community media, print, TV and radio to enhance the media’s capacity to fulfill its role effectively during electoral processes.
“It’s our belief that the media plays a central role in enriching national conversation around issues that really matter to the common citizens, and election periods offer just that perfect moment when the media has a unique opportunity to shape the discussion and set the agenda for the greater good of the nation,” said Roukaya Kasenally, the Chief Executive Officer of the AMI.
“We therefore need to make sure that the media is fully aware of its role and considers itself an actor rather than a spectator of the much needed change. We need to have a media that understands and breaks down the issues to their various audiences,” added Eric Chinje, Senior Media Advisor at AMI.
“The partnership with AMI comes in handy during this electioneering period as it will further strengthen the capacity of our media practitioners. We hope to deepen the collaboration with AMI on various other sectors going forward to accelerate the reforms in the Sierra Leone media landscape” said Francis Sowa, Chairman of the Media Reform Coordinating Group Sierra Leone (MRCG-SL),
AMI and its other partners have scheduled similar interventions in other African countries that are preparing for elections this year.
The African Media Initiative (AMI) is a pan-African organization that seeks to strengthen the continent’s private and independent media sector from an owner and operator perspective to promote democratic governance, social development and economic growth. It does so through a set of strategic activities aimed at transforming the media and communications landscape on the continent. AMI’s overall goal is to promote the development of pluralistic media as a necessary and critical ingredient of democratic governance, as well as economic and human development in Africa.
About International IDEA
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. International IDEA’s mission is to support sustainable democratic change by providing comparative knowledge, and assisting in democratic reform, and influencing policies and politics..
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is 100-year-old Quaker non-profit organization that promotes lasting peace with social, justice as a practical expression of faith in action and humanitarian service. Established in 1917, AFSC, on behalf of Friends all over the world was the recipient of the 1947 Nobel Peace Prize. AFSC’s work in Africa includes promoting active non-violence and livelihoods restoration for youth affected by structural violence, inequality and injustice. Supports to lay the groundwork for long-term peace with justice with an approach that involves healing from the trauma of violence, developing self-employment skills and rebuilding a sense of community.
About the MRCG-SL
The Media Reform Coordinating Group (MRCG-SL) was established in 2014 in response to the need for coordination and reform in the media sector in Sierra Leone.
It’s members are senior representatives from important media actors in Sierra Leone which are the Independent Media Commission (IMC); the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC); Guild of Newspaper Editors (GoE); Women in Media in Sierra Leone (WIMSAL); Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ); Sierra Leone Reporters Union (SLRU); Independent Radio Network (IRN); Cotton Tree News (CTN) and Mass Communication Department, Fourah Bay College.