Thursday, July 26, 2012


MOMBASA, July 23, 2012 (CISA) – Catholic journalists from Africa today began a four day workshop on The Role of the Media in Peace Building, conflict resolution and good governance.
The conference organized by L’Union Catholique Africaine de la Presse (UCAP) is being held in Mombasa, Kenya and has brought together journalists from: Kenya, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia among other African countries.
Archbishop Boniface Lele of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa while officially opening the conference challenged the journalists to strive to assist the continent promote peace among her people.
He urged them to monitor the movement of arms and emerging issues that result into conflict and help fuel fully fledged wars.
Archbishop Lele appealed to the Catholic journalists to foster a Christian way by their communication in the digital arena.
The Archbishop said the Church was concerned with the emergence of the internet as a network for communication.
“The social networks has not only changed the way we communicate, but communication itself , so much that it could be said that we are living through a period of vast cultural transformation,” he said.
“The speed at which information can travel today has reduced the world into a “global village”, he stressed.
He urged the journalists to encourage their bishops to come out and help in reconciling people in areas where there are conflicts.
A key speaker Joseph Warungu who worked for BBC for nearly 20 years noted that the Agenda setting role of the media has been hijacked by the politician and the media has become a follower; recording events not anticipating and preparing for them.
He urged the journalists to get back control of the agenda, the message and play their role in ensuring lasting peace and sustainable development.
The four-day workshop is also attended representative from the Vatican, the Catholic News Agency and The Catholic Media Council (CAMECO).

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