Samedi, Novembre 17, 2018

Promoting peaceful electoral processes in Cameroon:UN System launches series of nationwide trainings for media professionals

Promoting peaceful electoral processes in Cameroon: UN System launches series of nationwide trainings for media professionals

Ngaoundere 27 June 2018

Ngaoundere 27 June 2018 – The United Nations System in Cameroon has launched a series of nationwide trainings aimed at preparing media professionals to contribute to peaceful and human rights compliant electoral processes in the country. From 26 June 2018, over 30 media professionals from the Adamawa, East, Far North and North Regions gathered in Ngaoundere for a three-day workshop under the leadership of the United Nations Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa (UNCHRD-AC) and the United Nations Office for Central Africa (UNOCA). UNESCO Regional Office for Central Africa, UNWomen and UNDP also supported the workshop, which witnessed the effective presence and participation of the Regional delegates of Communication, Women’s Empowerment and the Family. Participants were drilled on key issues relating to elections coverage by a host of experts drawn from the Cameroon media community and the United Nations System.

Other trainings will take place in three localities; in Douala from 3 to 5 July 2018 (for media professionals from Centre, littoral and South Regions); in Bafoussam from 10-12 July 2018 (for media professionals from North West, South West and West Regions) and in Mbalmayo from 26 to 28 July 2018 (for community radio broadcasters). 140 journalists have been selected from a range of media organs across the country to take part in these trainings.

It should be noted that Cameroon is due to hold multiple elections in the coming months (municipal, legislative and Presidential elections) and the role of media professionals in ensuring that these elections are peaceful, inclusive and respectful of human rights norms is primordial. Participants in Ngaoundere expressed the need for a stronger engagement from relevant institutions and actors to ensure that access to information is not impeded and that journalists are able to carry out their duties with independence. These workshops are expected to culminate in the adoption of rules of conduct for media professionals in electoral periods.