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"Impartiality and Conflict Reporting: The Challenge for Journalistic Integrity" a lecture for an NUJ workshop in Jos, Nigeria.
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What We do

Nigeria

The Trust has been involved from the outset in a remarkable project initiated by the Nigerian Union of Journalists and Coventry Cathedral’s International Centre for Reconciliation. Since 2005, Christian and Muslim journalists have been brought together for workshops on ‘Media Responsibility in Conflict’. They take place against a background of continuing bloody inter-communal violence between the two faith communities in the ten mid-belt Nigerian states.

The first workshop was held in Plateau State, when it was under state of emergency military rule. Our Director, Tim Dean found himself giving the keynote address at the official opening ceremony facing soldiers armed with Kalashnikovs guarding the State’s ‘Sole Administrator’. The project continued with further workshops in 2006 and 2007.

The Trust has worked alongside the NUJ, co-chairing workshops, and facilitating some training sessions – with most of the training provided by Nigerians.

Arising from the workshops the NUJ produced the book, Pen & Peace, jointly published in 2007 by Coventry Cathedral and the Centre for Conflict Management and Peace Studies, at the University of Jos.