News: Media and communication institutions must handle reporting carefully in times of crisis : Communication Department

Minister of Government Communication Service, Dr Legesse Tulu. Photo: ENA

Addis Ababa – The Federal Government’s Communications Service said media and communications institutions should carefully manage their reporting and access to information in times of crisis to reflect the country’s national interest.

This was underscored at the conclusion of a two-day federal and regional conference on the media and communication sector during which the performance of the 2021/22 financial year and the 2022/23 plans of the communication service government, federal and regional communication sectors were discussed, according to state media.

The conference also discussed the draft government communication strategy document for the next five years as well as the communication document prepared regarding the working relationship between the communication of the federal government and the regional structures of the communication sector of the state. .

Speaking at the event, the Minister of Government Communication Services, Dr. Legesse Tulu, said special attention was given to strengthening the media and communication sector for the benefit of the country and its people. . The preparation and provision of information must be carried out in a rapid and up-to-date manner by studying current national and international issues and according to the existing context.

It was indicated at the conference that regional communication institutions should develop an appropriate operating system for the dissemination of Federal Government news dispatches. Furthermore, regional communication structures must refrain from disseminating inconsistent information. This is especially true when the country is facing a crisis and the flow of information in the media and communication sector needs to be carefully managed.

Opportunities for media who are not allowed to participate in government events should also be fixed,

Regional state media institutions should also focus on broadening their reach and building national consensus and multinational unity.

Dr. Legesse pointed out that the preparation of the communication policy and strategy to build a strong communication system is nearing completion. He added that the communication institutions of the regional states should coordinate their work under a unified national program rather than following a separate program.

To this end, they should refrain from providing information on matters that should only be disseminated through the federal government. The minister said special attention should be paid to communication work in times of crisis, adding that war-related information can only be disseminated by relevant national institutions and committees. At such times, media and communications activities must be managed in a manner that takes into account the national interest of the country.

The minister said guidelines for reporting in times of crisis have been prepared and will be announced accordingly.

Minister of State for Government Communication Service, Kebede Desisa, on his part said that there should be no restrictions on the right to access public information, so institutions are required to provide regular information to the media.

According to him, the government has a strong will to encourage strong investigative journalism on institutions and they should be ready to provide clear information. He promised that the communications department will work with regional states in a standardized and consistent manner. AS