JMI, partners launch training in refugee, migrant reporting

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AMMAN — HRH Princess Rym Ali, founder of the Jordan Media Institute (JMI), has said that the institute and its partners have released a handbook to help journalists better cover news of refugees and displaced people, and share their suffering and stories with the world while upholding human rights, respecting their dignity, and avoiding bias, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The remarks were made at a Saturday ceremony starting a series of UNESCO trainings on “Reporting on migrants and refugees: A handbook for journalism educators”, in collaboration with JMI and Germany’s TU Dortmund University.

The princess thanked UNESCO for its unwavering support of the media worldwide, as well as the UNHCR for its assistance in launching the handbook.

She said that some reports failed to consider the human aspect of refugee and immigrant issues, and instead portrayed them as a burden that had a negative effect on host communities.

According to Princess Rym, many initiatives have been undertaken in the region by individuals and non-governmental organizations to aid refugees, but none compares to the handbook, which she praised for being based on a thorough methodology and the highest standards of journalism.

The princess emphasized that accurate reporting on refugees and migrants should shun hate speech and inaccuracies, and that constructive journalism investigates the stories behind the headlines.

The UNHCR, Filippo Grandi, said that media reports on refugees were not as significant as they are today, stressing that the failure of governments in various countries of the world caused 200 million people to flee their homelands.

According to him, expert reporting requires knowledge, accurate information, the use of images, and awareness of the trauma that migrants and refugees go through.

UNESCO Representative Min Jeong Kim said that the guide will help journalists and university and institute students cover news about refugees and displaced people, reminding people of this global phenomenon.

She added that journalists play a crucial role in amplifying the voices of migrants and refugees, and communicating their suffering and human stories to the global community.

Released in 2021, the handbook is based on five years of research and analysis as part of the Journalism in a Global Context project.

The handbook aims to provide journalism educators with a comprehensive set of modules that will allow them to train journalism students to better understand the complex factual dimensions of covering migration and forced displacement, as well as to translate this knowledge into sound and sensitive, yet critical and challenging, reporting techniques.

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