DAAC Ends 3-Day Media Workshop on Sharia Intelligence, Alternative Narratives to Extremism  

At least 48 media practitioners in Maiduguri, Borno state, Northeast Nigeria, have participated in a three-day workshop organized by the Darul Al Andalus Center (DAAC) that ended on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. 

The three days seminar dwelt on the theme “Sharia Intelligence, Constructive Alternative Narratives and the Role of Journalism in the Prevention of Extremism and Violence”

The workshop was meant to enrich the knowledge of the participants drawn from different media organizations on the subjects, especially as they are working in a conflict zone and prepare them ahead the forthcoming general elections.

The three-day training had respected resource persons like Dr. Bala Muhammad the Chairman of DAAC, Dr. Nurudeen Lemu, an interreligious dialogue expert and director of Research and Training at Da’wah Institute of Nigeria, Islamic Education Trust, Minna, Nigeria; Aliyu Dawobe of ICRC, Dr. Mansur Isa of Bayero University Kano, and Dr. Abubakar from the mass communication department, Kano as facilitators. 

Participants at the 3-day workshop by DAAC.

The three days’ exercises exposed participants to new insights into the areas of Humanitarian Journalism, Alternative Narratives, Ethical journalism, and Sharia intelligence. 

Mr. Dawobe enjoined reporters to ensure their reports are conflict sensitive, especially during the coming general elections, and even during the post-conflict era. 

Dr. Abubakar took participating journalists through the ethical issues and objective and fair reportage and representation of issues in the news, and analysis, especially during the coming elections. 

The Humanitarian Times had earlier published Dr. Mansur Isa’s paper on Sharia Intelligence where he described extremism as an ideological disease that requires a counter-narrative to deal with. 

The three-day workshop climaxed with practical exercises on conflict-sensitive reporting and the presentation of certificates to all participants. 

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