Training courses for journalists involved in the Your Voice at the border radio programme are providing information on a variety of subjects, all aiming at an improved cohabitation of refugees and the native population in the border regions between Colombia and Ecuador.
The Colombian refugees are often discriminated in the private Ecuadorian media. Reporting mostly lacks quality and refugees from Columbia are publicly equated with “drug dealers”, “thieves” or “Guerilleros”. Journalist trainings supported by GIZ and the Deutsche Welle Akademie are to encounter this negative coverage in the media by promoting journalistic and technical standards as well as ethical responsibility and conflict-sensitive reporting. The training courses in conjunction with ‘tandems’ with refugees are sensitising those working in the media industry for human rights and quality standards in order to reduce xenophobia.