The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) today finalized a new partnership to provide free courses for journalists and students to encourage accurate reporting on migration and balance narratives that fuel the stigmatization and discrimination that migrants face around the world.
“The last 12 months have shown us all how important our news and news sources are for keeping us informed and educated,” said Simon Coveney, Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs speaking at Monday’s event.
“While fake news is a danger that more and more people are aware of, countering it or revealing it isn’t something that many know how to do. Therefore, I warmly welcome this important initiative from NUI Galway and Irish Aid to tackle misinformation and fake news being spread about migration,”
The Global Migration Media Academy (GMMA) initiative led by IOM supports efforts to tackle misinformation and promote diverse perspectives on this expansive topic. The project is co-funded by the IOM Development Fund and Irish Aid.
NUI Galway will provide an introductory course; a global overview of migration which will be made available free of charge online and in universities. Working with IOM country offices in Mexico, Morocco, the Philippines and Serbia, the university through the GMMA will also support media training programmes with a country and regional migration focus. The Academy will expand to other countries and regions as the project evolves.
The partnership was formalized at a special online event to acknowledge the new Global Cooperation Agreement between NUI Galway and IOM. The agreement also allows for NUI Galway to collaborate with IOM in other migration related projects in the future.
The production and promotion of positive narratives on migration has been identified as an effective way to counter misinformation and disinformation that incite fear and sow divisions that lead to stigmatization and discrimination, said IOM Ireland Chief of Mission Lalini Veerassamy.
“As we establish the GMMA, it is key to have a reputable academic institution such as NUI Galway working with us to develop standardized training tools on media and migration,” said Veerassamy.
“The global foundation course, which will be contextualized to reflect different migration dynamics will equip journalists from all over the world with the necessary tools to develop more balanced and accurate narratives on migration which in turn will reduce the spread of misinformation.”
The GMMA will have a strong focus on training journalism students to identify and track disinformation and harmful content, including fact-checking techniques and data journalism.
“Our journalism academics are international experts in media literacy and it is an honour for them to work with the IOM and Irish Aid on this vitally important international project which will have far-reaching positive learning for society,” said Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway
The courses will draw on migration research and data, as well as explore unfolding global developments like COVID-19, influencing the future of mobility and migration, including public attitudes.
Students are encouraged to explore this complex topic from different perspectives and publish compelling, nuanced and evidence-based stories.
Celebration as Nigeria announces international flight resumption
There’s celebration among Nigerians as the Federal Government yesterday, August 17, 2020, announced that the country will resume international flight operations on August 29.
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the announcement on Monday in Abuja at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
“We are very glad today to announce that international flights will resume from August 29, 2020,” he said.
Sirika added, “However, what we have become used to – physical distancing, wearing of masks, washing of hands, temperature taking, etc will continue.”
He explained that the process for the resumption of international flights in the country would be similar to that of the domestic flight resumption.
According to the minister, the resumption will commence on Saturday next week at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He thanked Nigerians for their patience while the ban on international flights was enforced and gave an assurance that the protocols and procedures for resumption would be announced in due course.
“Just like we did with the domestic (flights resumption), it will start with Lagos and Abuja. The protocols, procedures, and processes, will be announced in due course.
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced the date for resumption of international flights at the PTF briefing in Abuja on August 17, 2020.
He said“So, all protocols exist, and they will continue alongside the opening of these airports,” said Sirika.
He explained, “In the beginning, there will be four flights into Lagos and four flights into Abuja daily, we will give further details on that in due course.
“It is the Task Force decision, not that of aviation (ministry) … under the leadership of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation who is the chairman of PTF.”
The citizens are elated by the announcement which they described as heartwarming.
A twitter user Ibrahim ishaq
@almuneer13 said: “Alhamdulillah. since10th april my wife has deliver a baby girl now the has 4 month but i didn’t see her because of this situation now I’m very happy for this thank you so much.”
Everyone should thank God for life first.
My brother lost his wife during childbirth on
April 29th in serious lockdown leaving behind 4 little kids including new born baby. She was buried July 30th.
Yesterday 16th of August i lost same brother who Buried his wife 2weeks ago.
It’s wrong for them to open the international flights at this time. The problem we had in the beginning with covid, will spiral to a level we won’t be able to control. Different people will use that opportunity to come into Nigeria.
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