Tuesday, March 12, 2013

State Dept media/terrorism project wraps up in Kampala

A 15-month Peace Media and Counterterrorism project is coming to a close today and tomorrow in Kampala, Uganda.

The project, which is funded with a $150,000 U.S. State Department grant, has brought together media and security/government officials in 12 seminars around Uganda. The goal is for media and government/security officials to build collaborative frameworks to combat terrorism. The participants at the Peace Summit today and tomorrow, all of whom have attended a previous seminar under the project, have praised the effort, and have reported improved and more frequent collaborations. These two groups many not love each other, but they seem to have a greater respect for one another, according to several attendees.

Among other activities at the summit, participants created a radio news story about the Peace Media and Counterterrorism project. (Click here to listen) Discussions were also held about the best ways to sustain the cooperation fostered under the effort, which was facilitated by the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University and the Peace Journalism Foundation of East Africa, headed by Gloria Laker (pictured left, assisting with script-writing).

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