Church and Media – development partners
The topic of the seminar was Ethics in Development – The Role of Media. Some 50 participants of Namibian churches, NGOs, Faith-based organisations and media representatives participates in this event organised by the Council of Churches in Namibia and the Helsinki Deaconess Institute of Finland. The seminar started with a stimulating panel discussion. Four expert panelists set the stage for the remainder of the day. Dr. Audrin Mathe, New Era newspaper CEO explained the media’s role in development, Ms. Elma Dienda, Gender Coordinator of Namibian Catholic Bishops Conference, deliberated on the expectations of the church and society on the media. Professor Jairos Kangira from UNAM emphasized the power of language in shaping perceptions. The panel discussion was concluded by Mr. Mika Mäkinen, communications director of the Helsinki Deaconess Institute, arguing for more cooperation between journalism and public relations.