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Monday, June 19, 2017 - 16:39
The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission or JMEC urges media houses to enhance understanding of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan.
JMEC Chief of Staff Ambassador Berhanu Kebede says the media is playing an outstanding role in shaping public opinion and strengthening the political, economic and social basis of the society.
The media today have an all-embracing role to act against injustices and continuously inform citizens of the changes taking place in their respective communities, he points out.
Ambassador Kebede in his opening remarks during a workshop in Juba, says JMEC acknowledges the need to promote inclusive and popular ownership of the agreement signed in August 2015.
He urges media houses to move from merely reporting incidents to understanding and clarifying issues and events from diverse perspectives including socio-political contexts.
The media must also provide a platform for expressing views and opinions, encouraging dialogue and consensus building among different communities, Ambassador Kebede explains.
Appropriate understanding of the contents of the Agreement is critical for the media as it seeks to educate and inform its audience, he adds
The Ambassadors says JMEC hopes the workshop will empowering media outlets to effectively participate, advocate and engage all parties and other stakeholders.
JMEC would ensure full implementation, and ultimately the realization of enduring peace, stability and democracy in South Sudan, he pledges.

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