MPC, NUJP recognize crucial role of media in promoting peace PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:33

Mindanao Peoples’ Caucus Secretary-General Atty. Mary Ann Arnado recognized the role of media in promoting peace during the  media orientation on the peace process held at Naomi’s Botanical Garden, Ozamiz City.

Arnado, speaker  of the event organized by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and Mindanao People’s Caucus,  said the media plays a vital role in promoting peace in their respective localities.

Arnado extolled the media practitioners to be accurate, fair, impartial, responsible and culturally sensitive in reporting on issues particularly with regards to the peace process so as not to create misunderstanding between and among the listeners and readers.

“If TV, Radio and the Newspapers are not honest in their reporting,  then the listeners or the readers will not be able to get the truth. Rather, it will create misunderstanding among the various religious and ethnic groups, and may breed animosity, hatred and intolerance for each other,” Arnado explained.

She also advised the practitioners to be more careful and refrain from using offensive  words and should have a clear idea on how to use Islam and Muslims correctly in peace and conflict reporting. “I encourage you to be honest and feel responsible in providing correct information to your audiences,” Arnado appealed. 

Arnado provided the participants the historical overview of the Mindanao conflict for them to have enough background information in writing news on peace and conflict issues.

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) national director for Mindanao Ryan Rosauro, one  of the event lecturers shared to the participants the guidelines for peace reporting particularly on the duty to report fairly.  “In doing peace journalism, it is our obligation as media practitioners to report on the conflict fairly and in a balanced way,” Rosauro urged.

Meanwhile, Rosauro said  in further promoting peace,  the NUJP will create an e-group thru the social networking site .  “Thru the e-group, we can promote peace by sending information and exchange opinions among journalists and share it to the public, “ Rosauro said.

Mindanao journalist Romy Elusfa lectured on “peace reporting” and peace process’ ceasefire mechanisms, while Philippine Daily Inquirer correspondent Jeffrey Tupaz encouraged the participants to improve the quality of conflict reporting by upholding the journalistic principles of accuracy, fairness and impartiality. --GIDEON C. CORGUE