Conflict Sensitive Journalism & Fact Checking Workshop Concluded

Dhaka, September 29, 2019, A two-day long (28-29 September 2019) Workshop was held in Dhaka at YWCA Training Room on ‘Conflict Sensitive Journalism and Fact Checking’ organized by Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) with the support from Internews.

A total of 15 Journalists participated in the Workshop program from Print, Online, Electronic Media from Dhaka and outside of Dhaka.

Mr. Syed Zain Al Mahmood, Journalist and Media Development Expert and Mr. Ibrahim Bin Harun, Lecturer Department of Mass Communication and Journalism Jagannath University moderated the workshop.
The main objective of the workshop was to provide necessary skills and knowledge to the Journalist to maintain professional standards for covering the conflict situations in general and understand of the tools needed to debunk rumors and verify, information images and video.
Main discussion points  of the workshop are Introduction to Conflict-Sensitive Journalism and Theories of Conflict & the Role of Journalists, Motivations for Violence: Policies & Positions v Interests & Needs Conflict, Post-Conflict Scenarios: The Rohingya Experience in Bangladesh,  Covering Floods Humanitarian Disasters , Constraints in the Absence of Infrastructure, Covering Syndicate Crime Human Trafficking, Death Threats, Civil Conflict & Peace Processes Relations with Communities & Security Forces, Preparing to Work in the Field Local Contacts, Fixers, Equipment & Exit Strategies etc.
The participants learned in applying the best practices of conflict sensitivity such as the ‘Do no harm principle’ and conflict prevention along with an understanding of the tools needed to debunk rumors and verify information, images and video.

In his welcome speech Mr. A H M Bazlur Rahman, CEO BNNRC briefed about the workshop goal and objectives. He highlighted the importance of Conflict sensitive Journalism and Fact Checking. He said Fourth Industrial Revolution may create a great challenge in the media, information and entertainment sector and we have to face the challenges. So, for facing the challenges of 4th Industrial Revolution we have to achieve skill and relevant knowledge. We have no alternative.
Journalists across the world face deep dilemmas when it comes to reporting on conflicts that are occurring in and sometimes devastating the communities in which they live and work. Every day they respond to the challenges of being part of communities caught up in conflict while at the same time being part of a profession that expects fair and even-handed coverage of these conflicts.
In Bangladesh, journalists face similar dilemmas while covering news if not in the same magnitude. Political violence and non-political violence are major concerns for newsmen who cover events involving physical confrontation. There are occasions when reporters are seemingly left with no choice but to report one side of the story because of the difficulties in accessing information, resulting in a compromise with accuracy, balance and truth of the incident.
BBNRC designed and delivered advanced training support to Bangladeshi journalists and news organizations in fact-checking and verification techniques specialized for conflict situations, with special focus on the conflict sensitive issue.

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) accredited with World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) of the United Nations and UN WSIS prize winner 2016, Champion 2017 & 2019.

BNNRC’s approach to media development is both knowledge-driven and context-sensitive, and it takes into account the challenges and opportunities created by the rapidly changing media environment in Bangladesh including community radio development giving voices for the voiceless from 2000.

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