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Nepal: journalists explore complementary roles of media and humanitarian organizations in emergencies

22-08-2012 News Release 12/169

Kathmandu (ICRC) – On 14 and 15 August, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held a workshop on "Humanitarian Reporting" attended by 15 senior journalists from radio, television and print media in Kathmandu and elsewhere in Nepal.

The workshop highlighted the complementary roles of media and humanitarian organizations in emergencies, where both can work towards alleviating human suffering. The participants discussed the crucial role played by media in raising awareness of the plight of the people affected, and how that can help humanitarian organizations do their job.

"The main aim of the workshop was to bring together the perspective of the humanitarian worker and that of the journalist in order to deepen the understanding that each has of the other's work, and to see how to better cooperate so that help will reach those who need it most," said Sylvie Thoral, the head of the ICRC delegation in Kathmandu.

Topics included "the role of the media in reporting during conflict, violence and disaster," "issues in humanitarian reporting," "beneficiary communications" and "the BBC's Lifeline programme." Participants were also updated on the mandates and activities of the ICRC and the Nepal Red Cross Society. "The workshop proved to be very useful," said a participant. "It enabled us to better understand what we can do as individuals or as a group of professionals, alongside the efforts of humanitarian organizations, to help victims in an emergency."

The speakers included the president of Federation of Nepali Journalists, the editor of the Nepali Times, and representatives of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the BBC.

For further information, please contact:
Valery Mbaoh Nana, ICRC Kathmandu, tel: +977 9851034638 or +977 1 4107157 / 4107279
Anita Devkota, ICRC Kathmandu, tel: +977 9851074295 or +977 1 4107157 / 4107279