Journalists for Christ International Outreach; an association of Christian Journalists and allied media professionals has announced the launch of a new project aimed at bringing to the limelight, the rights and welfare issues faced by Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria.
The World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) and the Bread for the World (German Protestant Agency for Diaconia Development) will provide support for the project which will run for one year.
It is a build-up to two earlier projects; Monitoring Media Reportage and Portrayal of IDPs in Africa and Managing Internal Displacements in Nigeria which were also supported by the collaborating organisations.
The President of JFC, Mr. Lekan Otufodunrin in a statement said the project came about as a result of the growing population of IDPs in Nigeria and the need to attend to their plight.
The project entitled, ‘Advancing the rights and welfare of IDPs through the media’ according to Otufodunrin will help to consolidate the collaborating organizations’ work in alleviating the pitiable living conditions of IDPs in Nigeria.
Otufodunrin said JFC through the project will provide information on the trend in reportage of IDPs and train journalists and writers on enhanced reporting of IDP issues.
JFC: We are committed to the rights of all citizens
A small team of journalists across the country “will be commissioned to write special investigative reports on IDPs issues and engender stakeholders’ engagement; conduct series of media-driven advocacy to advance the welfare of IDPs.”
The project which runs from September 1, 2021, to August 31, 2022, according to the JFC president is expected to drive positive reportage of IDPs in the media and attract policy change to improve their welfare and rights.
The statement informed further that JFC is committed to advocating for the communication rights of all citizens, including many who are voiceless.
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