The Sierra Leone Association of Journalist (SLAJ) in partnership with the Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP) has ended a week long regional media training programme on justice sector issue at the CHASL Hall, Kingharman Road Freetown.
It attracted 219 participants drawn from the print, broadcast, and online media throughout Sierra Leone.
The training was coordinated and facilitated by a Freetown-based lawyer and child right activist: Mohamed Pa Momoh Fofanah, the JSDP Communications Coordinator Charlris Okafor and the Secretary General of SLAJ, Mustapha Sesay.
According to their report it is stated that the aim of the training is to improve on the capacity of the media to report on justice sector issues with a view to improving coverage and public knowledge on them and overcome biases.
Mrs Okafor stated that many of the delays and inefficiencies in the justice system relate to limited levels of cooperation, communication and coordination between institutions, both at policy and operational levels. She also stated that Justice Sector reform helps to develop a more coherent and rational approach to policy making, planning and resource allocation.
The JSDP Communication Coordinator further highlighted that their overview are to initiate priority reforms, to assess capacity of the sector to absorb and implement change and to develop a justice sector strategy.
In highlighting some of their challenges, she stated that donors commitment to the justice sector reform is still an issue and the capacity building for the sector institutions.
Mr Fofanah who did the first presentation advised participant to have a code of ethics to follow so that all members will understand what it means to be responsible journalists.
By Emmanulla Kallon