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The IGAD Mediation Support Unit (MSU) and Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN) are co-convening a training on Conflict-Sensitive Reporting and Peace Messaging for South Sudanese Journalists from 18-22 May 2015 in Juba.

The training brings together over 21 participants representing Television, Radio, Newspaper and Web-based media outlets from across South Sudan.

The main aim of the training is to expose journalists to IGAD’s work in promoting peace and security in the region as well as to equip them with critical skills that willl enable them to execute their duties effectively in situations of conflict. The training is also aimed at co-opting them into a long-term partnership for peace building and conflict resolution in the IGAD region.

The subjects that will be covered by the five-day training include: Understanding Conflict; Conflict Analysis; Theory and Practice of Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (CPMR); Mediation Processes; Media and Conflict; Evolution of Media theory; Media Ethics and code of Conduct; as well as skills in conflict sensitive reporting and peace messaging.

Distinguished practitioners from the region in some of these areas will also be invited to share their experience with participants.

IGAD MSU and CEWARN intend to conduct similar training programmes for journalists in other IGAD Member states as well as expand the programme towards progressively building a robust partnership with media in regional preventive diplomacy efforts.

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