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Media practitioners trained on investigative reporting

By John Agok

The Union of Journalists in South Sudan in partnership with Nonviolent Peace force and Human Rights Defenders Network organized two-day training for some 25 journalists on investigative journalism.

 “This training is tailored to enhance skills for journalists to be able to investigate stories. We expect you at the end of the sessions on investigative journalism to be able to produce investigative pieces on variety of topics of public interest,” Majak Kuany Alier, the Secretary General of UJOSS said during the opening of the two days symposium in Juba on Tuesday.

  Majak Kuany, the Secretary General of Union of Journalists in South Sudan said training on investigative Journalism has rarely been conducted prompting UJOSS and partners to conduct training.

Dhieu William, a facilitator for the training and also a university lecturer of journalism at the University of Juba, said investigative journalism is about uncovering new information through research.

He disclosed that investigative reporting sways public opinion on issues of public interest.

 “The main purpose of investigative journalism is seeking for facts hidden or covered up issues suppressed from public by individuals in power due to their vested interest. It is also to alert the public of systematic failure and societal failing,” he said.

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