Rev. Father Dieudonné NIYIBIZI from Bujumbura, Burundi takes us through:

“The Preferential Option for the Poor, a new "news value" 

The universal destination of goods requires special attention to the poor, to those in marginal situations and to people whose living conditions restrain appropriate growth. The social teachings of the Church gives them an important place, a special attention.

What place do they occupy in the media? How can we leave the center, go down, and find them in the social and anthropological peripheries and so lift them to the first pages of our media?  

The preferential option for the poor could be a transversal news value in the selection of news.

Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium insistently reminds us about that. The poor deserves to be defended and his rights to be promoted. By justice and charity, more journalists should report facts and events taking place in the peripheral places. The news value of proximity sends the journalist back to the African peripheries and instead of waiting African peripheral news from mainstream media.  

  • Frather Dieudonné NIYIBIZI  is - Priest of the Archdiocese of Bujumbura (Burundi)

He is the Director of the Diocesan Centre of Communication (CEDICOM) and PhD Student at Pontifical Salesian University in Social Communication of Rome (Grounded Research).He holds Master’s degree in Pastoral Communication at Salesian Pontifical University of Rome. He is a Professor of Journalism, Organizational Communication and Public Speaking.Rev Fr Diedonne is the Former Executive Secretary of the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission ( 4 years). 

He has attended different conferences, trainings and internships: Peacebuilding (Nairobi), Conflict Management (Nairobi), Non Violent Communication (Bujumbura), Intercultural collaboration (Lomé), Catholic Social Teaching (Kinshasa), Electoral monitoring (Bujumbura), Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Bruxelles), Project Management (Douala), Peace Education (Rome), Diocesan Communication Management (Lyon),…Ends

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Cape Town 2018 : Conference Theme

Using the media for promotion of Integral Human Development in Africa

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