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Culture of Peace: IDEM workshop for journalists in Mali
an article by Diango Coulibaly, Mali Jet

To strengthen the capacity of radio journalists for a culture of peace in Mali, is the goal of a training workshop organized by the Institute for Democracy and Media Education (IDEM), in partnership with Search for Common Ground. This was announced Thursday, February 27, 2014 at The Columns Hotel Bamako.

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The five-day workshop, which brought together participants from Kidal, Gao, Timbuktu and Bamako, was chaired by the Chief of Staff of the Minister of Communication and New Information Technologies, Waly Traoré, along with the Coordinator of IDEM, Hamèye Mahamane Cisse and the representative of Search for Common Ground, Moses Tounkara.

IDEM Coordinator Hamèye Mahamane Cisse stressed the importance that this meeting has for our country and especially for radio journalists who must constantly worry about the integration of the concept of peace journalism in their daily practice, as well as the design, production and implementation of radio programs adapted to the consolidation of peace and social cohesion. Of special importance is the broadcasting of roundtables and interactive programs.

"Also, we have no doubt that this IDEM workshop will help your day-to-day practice. This is explains why Search for Common Ground is involved since it works for conflict transformation," he said.

The Chief of Staff of the Minister of Communication and New Information Technologies, Waly Traoré, recalled that the press is the best way to convey a culture of peace, adding that this workshop to strengthen radio journalists perfectly meets the interests of his department. He invited participants to be as diligent as possible during the 5 days of training.

The representative of Search for Common Ground, Moses Tounkara, stated that the workshop aims to initiate a culture of peace in Mali. He explained that a professional and responsible press corps is an important factor in development. Search for Common Ground, an international organization founded in 1982, has over 600 employees worldwide promoting conflict transformation and peace.

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African journalism and the culture of peace, A model for the rest of the world?

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CPNN continues to find that African journalists give priority to culture of peace news, unlike media in much of the world that give priority to violence.  Here are some of the articles published previously:

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Launch of the network of journalists for peace and security in Africa (Netpeace)

This report was posted on March 15, 2014.