U.S Embassy Pledges to Support Peace Journalism in Ethiopia

12 Jul 2017
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Addis Ababa July 12/2017 The U.S Embassy in Addis Ababa has expressed its commitment to strengthen peace journalism in Ethiopia.

At a panel discussion the embassy organized in collaboration with the Center for Global Peace Journalism in Jimma University yesterday, Embassy Representative Nick Barnet said strengthening institutions of higher learning with qualified manpower and appropriate media tools and making them work closely with international media is crucial to enhance the growth of the media in Ethiopia.

The embassy will support Ethiopian media outlets by arranging a program on sharing best experiences of international journalists, he added.

Barnet said the recent expansion of FM and community radios will have big contribution to the growth of the media in the country.

Center for Global Peace Journalism Director, Associate Professor Steven Youngblood said on his part the coverage the Ethiopian media give for peace is encouraging, especially in showing the damage inflicted by terrorism.

Further training and experience sharing opportunities will be created for journalists to support their reports with well organized evidences in collaboration with Ethiopian Universities, he stated.

Peace journalism should be free of any agenda and the voice of the voiceless, the Director stressed.

He also urged journalists to heed that their reports are free from any provocative words and anti-peace thoughts.

Students of Journalism and lecturers of Jimma University attended the discussion, it was learnt.

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