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Red Cross trains journalists on news writing

June 5, 2017 By Elizabeth A. Kaine

With the aim of enhancing  public knowledge and understanding about their activities, the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, last Friday, 2nd June, 2017, organised one day training for journalists in the country.

The training which was organised by the Communication Department of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, attracted media units of Security Forces-  the Military, Police Force, Correctional Centre and the National Fire Force in the country.

Speaking during the training ceremony at Babatel Hotel on Pultney  Street in Freetown, James Tamba Lebbie, a Senior  Lecturer at the Mass Communications Department, Fourah  Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, encouraged  journalists to be good investigators and not to rely on hearsays or social media.

He noted that it is unprofessional to copy details from the social media and publish without investigating or verifying the fact of those details, adding that the job of a journalist is to inform people about reality events of the day and not to be used as means of entertainment, propaganda or fiction.

He concluded that the media is relied upon by other institutions for certain service in many areas, as under certain circumstances, the news media are called upon to support civil or military authorities in defense of the social order against threats of crime.

Giving background to the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, Paul Jenkins, Head of Country Office, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said the Red Cross was founded by a Swiss Businessman, Jean Henry Dunant.

 He said their mission is a nationwide society empowered by the difference they make in the lives of vulnerable communities in partnership with their stakeholders, adding that their vision is to provide a strong Red Cross services from a risk challenging in all the countries they operate including in Sierra Leone.