IOM Hosts its Third Media Forum to Discuss Migration Governance in Sudan
Under the theme of Migration Governance in Sudan, with generous funding support from the US State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, IOM hosted its third media forum on July 11th at its offices in Khartoum.
This quarter’s theme was the result of observations from previous 2016 IOM Sudan forums which showed limited knowledge of Sudanese media on migration governance in general as well as the role and functions of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCT). The NCCT presented a session on its functions, role, plans and challenges.
Attended by 14 journalists, the forum was facilitated by Mr. Faisal Mohammed Salih, who also presented a brief analysis highlighting samples of media coverage showing xenophobic/ hate speech content and mediated discussions on how best to address such content within the local media mechanisms available. The forum included Professor Ahmed Gamal Eldin from Ahfad University for Women, a Migration and Development local expert who presented and discussed the positive contribution that migration can make to development if managed effectively.
The findings of all the discussions are expected to contribute to a more informed media reporting on migration related issues, and to also contribute towards the development of an NCCT media and awareness raising strategy on migration, both regular and irregular, as well as trafficking in persons and livelihood alternatives at a later stage.
Samia Ibrahim Mohammed Salih, a political journalist, suggested that hate speech in Sudanese media can be addressed through a targeted training for young journalists which can be conducted by them as a group who has benefited from the three IOM media forums.
The NCCT representative Mr. Ismail Teirab expressed the Committee’s need to have a more open relationship with the local media and committed to be more communicable and support local media in finding relevant information on migration to improve media coverage of the government’s work on migration in Sudan.
For further information, please contact Dalia El Roubi at IOM Sudan, Tel: + 249-912154652, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org