National Peace Council seeks media’s support

Most.Rev Awotwe Pratt.The National Peace Council has asked the Western Regional Journalists Association to partner with it to send early warning signals in order to prevent troubles in the region.

The Western Regional Executive Secretary of the Peace Council, Mr Damien Asobayire, said the media was so important in the dissemination of news that the council needed to partner very well with it to speak about peace.

He was speaking at a media interaction at Fijai on Monday.

Mr Asobayire was of the view that the role of the media in conflict and post-conflict situations remained positive but has been sadly underutilised.

He said the media in some situations, had fuelled conflict by incitement and hate speeches which have led to violence and conflict citing Rwanda’s genocidal killings and ethnic clashes in Yugoslavia as examples of media fuelling conflict.

He said the media in conflict prevention, management and resolution could act as a watchdog by blowing the whistle on an imminent conflict as early warning measure.

The chairman of the Regional Peace Council, Rev John Ernest Kwofie, cautioned the media to desist from temptations of scooping stories that made headlines and instead embrace objective and responsible journalism that was a bedrock to socio-economic development of the society.

From Peter Gbambila, Fijai

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