Within the FMM West Africa project ‘Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa’, jointly funded by the European Union and ECOWAS Commission, Media Response a Ghana based Non-State Actor with the support of International Organization for Migration, is implementing a project on Media Training and Public Sensitization on ECOWAS and Migrants Rights under the Non-State Actors Fund.

In the framework of this project, a 3-Day Training workshop aimed at building the capacities of thirty (30) frontline journalists in the area of investigative journalism on free movement and migration has opened in Accra, at the Ghana-India Kofi-Anan Centre of Excellence in ICT on Tuesday September 19, 2017.

The participants were journalists from the Ghana Journalist Association, the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association, the Information Services Department and the Ghana News Agency. The training objectives are to strengthen the capacities of frontline journalists to conduct investigative journalism on free movement and migration and also enhance their ability to disseminate qualitative information and educate the public on ECOWAS free movement and migration. It is expected that the beneficiary journalists would have improved their capacity to conduct investigative reporting on migration, free movement and sign up as members of network of journalists for migrant rights.

Opening the workshop, the Hon. Minister for Information for Ghana, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid stated “My Ministry remains fully committed to the objectives of the training workshops on Investigative Journalism on Free Movement and Migration”. The Hon. Minister stated that the coming into force of the National Migration policy signified Government’s commitment towards ensuring that the country derived optimum benefits from the positive aspects of migration and minimize its negative consequences. He further mentioned that the government would reintroduce the Media Fund to enable journalists obtain funding to build their capacity. He acknowledged the efforts of Media Response and its collaborative partners in championing this laudable initiative and commended ECOWAS and the European Union for their support. Mr. Dominic Agyeman, Head of the Migration Unit, Ministry of the Interior, Ghana expressed his Ministry’s appreciation of the efforts being put in by Media Response to bring the issues of migration to the doorsteps of the media and indirectly to the people of Ghana. He said Ghana has remained on Tier 2 Watch List of the US Department of State Report on Trafficking in Persons for the third consecutive year, a situation which does not augur well for the country and for that matter, the Ministry of the Interior will continue to support media men and women in government’s efforts to redeem Ghana’s image. Mr. Samuel Dodoo, Executive Director of Media Response and Mr. Affail Monney, President of the Ghana Journalists Association made statements during the opening ceremony.

International Organization for Migration/FMM West Africa was represented by Mr. Eric Kwame Akomanyi, Non – State Actors Fund Focal Point for Ghana. IOM/FMM West Africa reiterated the organization resolve to support Non-State Actors such as Media Response in implementing various interventions aimed at combating irregular migration, human trafficking and abuse of migrant rights.

He encouraged training beneficiaries to become the voice for the many young Ghanaians-both men and women who have become victims of trafficking as well as inform migrants of their rights and obligations as ECOWAS nationals. These media workshops on Investigative Journalism on Free Movement and Migration are also schedule to take place at other regions which include the Western, Ashanti and Northern regions in Ghana.

For further information please contact:
Eric Kwame Akomanyi, the Non – State Actor Fund focal point Ghana at eakomanyi@iom.int, Sidibe Taibatou, Non – State Actors Fund Coordinator at nsafund@fmmwestafrica.com or Yohanna Gaja W. at ygaja@iom.int.