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Journalists equipped on how to cover drug related stories

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[RCT Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman. Photo/Tom Fondo].

Mombasa based journalists have been equipped on how they can better file drug related news within and outside the Coast region.

The journalists drawn from Electronic and print media were informed on how to further broaden their skills whenever tackling drug related article

Reachout Centre Trust an anti-drug organisation recognised journalists as important aspect in imparting the right information to the public.

RCT Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman said journalists should not be left behind in the fight against drug use within the region.

“The community highly depends on the media to get informed, as an anti-drug organisation, we value journalists’ efforts,” said Mr. Taib.

Drug free society

He said the organisation will continuously engage journalists with an aim of reducing the harmful effects of drug use and HIV and AIDS.

He however urged journalists to take up the task of pushing for progressive drug policies that will help in disentangling youths from drug use.

[Radio Tumaini Coast based News reporter Fadhili Mwambingu during the sensitisation workshop. Photo/Tom Fondo]

Among the critical aspects that the journalists were taken through included progressive health policies, human rights, HIV prevalence rates and prevention, observance of journalism code of ethics in relation to drug related health reporting among other critical aspects of drug reporting.

All regional radio stations among them Msenangu FM, Baraka FM, Radio Citizen, Radio Tumaini among other recognised radio station, online news platforms and the print media participated.

Recently, RCT conducted sensitisation training for Mombasa bloggers.