Use Media As Tool For Conflict Resolution, Journalists Urged

Journalists in the country have been tasked to give voice to the
voiceless during conflict reportage, in line with agenda setting role
of mass media in conflict prevention.

Chairman correspondent chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists
(NUJ), Adamawa state chapter, Yakubu Musa Uba, stated this while
delivering a paper. ‘The role of media in peace and conflict
resolution’, organized by NYSC CDS group in Yola.

Uba, an editor with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), pointed out that
journalists should initiate peace in their write-ups and serve as
catalyst for resolving conflict instead of fueling the crisis in the
society.

He urged the press as ‘forth estate of the realm’ to caution their
interest of commercial and ensure it does not override that of the
general public and the affected community.

“The notion that bad news sells probably explains why media will
sometimes prefer that a crisis last longer than it should. Our
commercial interest should not override that of the general public or
the affected community or group as the case maybe.

“Peace can only be achieved by understanding from all stakeholders
including the media who are always stakeholders in addressing conflict
or promoting peace.

“The success of resolution of conflicts may sometimes depend on the
role the media chooses to play.

“Media can choose to inflame passion through sensational reports
informed by commercial interests, be used as propaganda tool through
publication or broadcast of falsehood and undermine efforts to resolve
conflicts. NAN.M

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