CEMESP trains 20 journalists on effective elections coverage in Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia (March 23, 2017)– Twenty Journalists from a cross-section of print and electronic media outlets in Monrovia have benefited from a two-day intensive training aimed at building their capacity for effective coverage of the 2017 electoral process.

The training, which ended on Wednesday March 21, 2017, was organized by the Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding (CEMESP) with support from INTERNEWS as part of efforts to improve the quality of elections reporting for effective reform to sustain peace.

The first phase of the elections reporting training was held in Gbarnga recently and it brought together community radio Journalists from Nimba, Bong, Margibi , Bomi and Grand Bassa Counties.

The training sessions were very interactive, with facilitators covering key provisions in the electoral law and regulations, fairness and other ethical obligations of Journalists, rules guiding Journalists in covering elections, the increasing role of women in the Liberian media as well election story idea development.

Participants described the two-day training as “professionally rewarding and an eye opener”. Many of them said they were for the first time exposed to the elections laws such as the campaign finance regulations and the code of conduct governing political parties. They expressed thanks CEMESP and INTERNEWS for equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to actively cover the ongoing electoral process which culminates into presidential and legislative elections slated for October 10 this year.

The Executive Director of CEMESP Malcolm Joseph thanked the participants for their keen attention given to all sessions at the training workshop, but told them to put into practice the professional knowledge and skills they acquired.

INTERNEWS Senior Journalism Specialist Maureen Sieh reminded the participants of the enormous role the media have to play in ensuring a free, credible and peaceful 2017 elections.

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