Journalists from 12 community radios in Nampula reflect on the role of the media in the electoral process
Journalists from community radio stations in Nampula are participating in a three-day reflection on the role of the media in the electoral process, organized by h2n. The provincial meeting aims to empower the 36 journalists with knowledge to better play their role during all phases of the electoral process in Mozambique.
During the session on Ethics and Professional Deontology, José Jemusse, a journalist from Watana radio, warned everyone of the importance of not confusing ethics with morals. “Morals are linked to customs, to habits that different cultures may have, and this varies from community to community. But when we talk about ethics it refers to the set of universal behaviors, it is written and determined how it should work, and it is not relative,” she explained.
For his part, Zainabo Zacarias, Journalist at Parapato Community Radio said that the main role of the journalist during the electoral process is to spread information and inform citizens about their rights and duties. “Many times the community itself gets into conflict for not knowing the law, the journalist’s work is important to guarantee access to information, especially during the electoral season,” he said.
This activity is an initiative of the USAID-CORAGEM project, implemented by h2n in partnership with Midia Lab and community radios. This is the first of four provincial meetings that will reach journalists from Zambézia, Cabo Delgado, and Niassa provinces.