Thursday, April 28, 2022
Garoua is host to Defyhatenow's flagship fellowship program #AFF hosting 15 participants from all 3 Northern Regions.
These media professionals, selected from out of a hundred applications, have began enhancing their skills in the areas of #FakeNews and #HateSpeech mitigation During these sessions they shall be accompanied by the matchless experience of Paul Joel Kamtchang of Adisi-Cameroun
It is important to note that Africa Fact-checking fellowship was designed to follow up and to succeed our previous #FactsMatter fellowship which was launched in January 2020, #FactsMatter237 was aimed at monitoring and mapping viral trends on social media related to the key thematic issues in Cameroon.
Five cohorts have been trained, bringing together professionals from the South West, Nortwest, Littoral, Centre, Far North and West. About 20 members of the Cameroon Bloggers Association from Yaounde, Douala and Dschang have also benefited. More than 53 online Fact-Checking and hate speech detention professionals have been trained under the #AFFCameroon programme.
In the two months pilot (Jan-Feb 2020), our six fellows published more than 12 fact-checking reports on various issues in Cameroon. "After seeing the success of the #FactsMatter fellowship and listening to the feedback from various partners and fellows we opted to rebrand and program to Africa Fact-checking fellowship. The new changes include the extension of the fellowship duration of from 2 months to 3 months, the new program will also feature an enhanced program with more practical sessions and lessons by guest experts from various organizations." Said Desmond Ngala, Defyhatenow Representative for West & Central Africa.
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Monday, February 28, 2022
Since the start of the anglophone crisis in 2016, civilians have been on the crossroad as they have been the most affected . Some have lost lives, homes , loved ones , businesses , jobs and alot more. It is for this reason that Draufsicht Bamenda on February 18 2022 brought together film makers, journalists and Civil society organizations in Bamenda to discuss on the role of civilians in armed conflicts.
According to the facilitator Tombir Stanley, " the media plays a central role in armed conflict as it can either contribute in escalating or de-escalating the tension". He mentioned that " it is important for journalists to be equipped with the right skills to report during crisis in a more professional way which will not incite violence" .
Civil society organizations on the other hand were advised to involve members of the community in their activities through sensitization and equally invest in projects which are beneficial to the population.
Journalist present were called upon to engage in Eco journalism which is quite lacking in the cameroon media landscape today. Eco journalism can equally be referred to as environmental journalism, which focuses on telling stories about climate change and the environment .
It is worthy to note that this activity falls within the framework of Draufsichts Community Journalism project which started in 2021 in Bamenda geared at equipping Journalists and media bodies with skills to change the narratives in their traditional way of reporting.
By Amambo Carrey Pride