The British Broadcasting Cooperation World Service Trust (BBC-WST) carried out joint media training in Rumbek, the Capital of Lakes State. The training brought together government officials including ministers, commissioners and 12 senior journalists in Rumbek.
The training was held at Palm-tree hotel in Rumbek and its expected to build a new strong South Sudan shared vision and responsibilities, communication skills and best practices, the importance of communication, methods of communication, communication crisis and practical solutions, understandings and agreements.
While speaking in the seminar, the BBC Country Director Coral Morgan appealed to the government of Lakes State to allow the State media to have access to information. She challenged journalists in Rumbek to base their work on accuracy and to abide with journalistic standards and ethics.
“We are three years old in South Sudan now and this is the first time we are conducting trainings here in Rumbek. We are looking at a series of options on how the Media and the Government could work together,” she said.
“We are here to share the expertise in BBC that can help people across the world in using the media professionally to achieve better development ideas,” Morgan added.
Lakes State Minister of Information, Culture, Youths and Sport Mr. Marik Nanga Marik noted that, misunderstandings cause arbitrary arrests and murdering of journalists across the world. Nanga said that the media is the fourth pillar of government and it deserves respect and security in order to carry out their duties.
“Media roles are very central in every government functions therefore it is important when the government and the media really understand their roles; this is why most journalists worldwide are being arrested or murdered unlawfully – this is because the government and the media do not complement each another,” said Nanga.
This is the first time senior government officials including Ministers, Chairpersons in the Lakes State parliament, County Commissioners and media personnel share a training session since South Sudan become independent.