Yambio security personnel trained in media protection

Yambio security personnel trained in media protection

At least 30 of South Sudan’s security agencies were trained in media protection in Yambio, Western Equatoria State.

The police, national security officers, prison service officers, South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF), and journalists from various media outlets were among the participants who received the training.

This two-day workshop, organised by AMDISS and UNESCO, was meant to sensitise the participants on the vital roles that journalists perform. Others were media framework observance, information access, and journalist safety.

Speaking during the event, Isaac Mursal, the State Minister of Information and Communication, underscored the value of accuracy and journalistic integrity in reporting.

“Journalists must adhere to professional ethics and avoid misinformation,” Mursal stated.

He also noted the positive shift in the treatment of journalists since the formation of the state government.

Mursal reiterated the government’s determination to work with organised forces and journalists to deliver correct information to the state’s citizens.

“The government is prepared to collaborate with media outlets to provide our community with accurate and helpful information,” he said.

Meanwhile, Doreen Loboka, UNESCO’s Communication and National Information Specialist, urged security personnel to leverage the workshop to enhance their interactions with journalists.

Loboka argued that it is critical to respect the country’s legal framework, which guarantees freedom of speech and unfettered access to information.

She also exhorted journalists to effectively connect with and inform a variety of audiences byutilisingg the rich tapestry of regional languages in the state.