Media experts have prescribed self censorship and the respect of best practices to journalists as they battle to report on the Presidential election and the lingering Crisis in Cameroon’s volatile Regions of the North West and South West Regions.
The prescriptions formed the highpoint of a two day seminar for journalists in Meme Division, one of the troubled South West Region. The seminar was staged at the behest of the Meme Divisional Delegation of Communication.
The capacity building gathering, which spanned from September 13 to 14 held at the Kumba City Council Chambers, also focused on updating the kills of the journalists ahead of the October 7 poll.
Meme is one of the hardest hit Divisions in Anglophone Cameroon. Civil society groups estimate that at least 30,000 people across the Division are displaced.
According to the conference organiser, Ebane Kome Slesor, Divisional Delegate of Communication, the training and knowledge acquired should spur journalists to best serve the audience.
Ebane reiterated her wish to see the media family work as a united front. The communication official prescribed harmony and respect for the opinion of others. She cautioned journalists against using their platforms to settle scores.
Clifford Ntuba, resource person at the seminar drilled the journalists in the need to respect ethics in their practice. Ntuba told his peers that the media must be responsible for whatever it dishes out to the public. He reminded the journalists on the need to be humane, fair, balance and uphold the truth at all times.
Kwoh Elonge, PhD student and staff of Cameroon’s Election Management Body (ELECAM) schooled the media personalities on ‘Peace Journalism and Election Reporting’. The ELECAM Divisional Communication head charged the press to enhance the discourse for solutions in the face of the current Crisis facing Cameroon.
Elonge imbibed the media professionals with best peace journalism practices and elections reporting concepts that will enhance their careers. The resource person said, in Crisis and elections period, journalism must be tilted towards normalising the atmosphere and minimising the potential of creating riots and dissent.
Besides these, the trainings also touched on radio and television production and management. The journalists were also enlightened on engaging in work contracts with employers.