16.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Amman

UNESCO supports investigative journalism as a key tool to report on elections in a professional manner


In the framework of the UNESCO's Media and Elections Project, funded by the European Union, a 5-day workshop on Investigative Journalism has been delivered to Jordanian media professionals. The activity has been conducted by Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), one of the partners in this initiative.

"As municipal elections in Jordan are approaching, this activity is of high relevance since investigative journalism serves to increase professionalism in elections coverage. UNESCO's commitment in media capacity development on different topics and on elections in particular is manifested through such initiatives", stated Dr. Anna Paolini, Director of UNESCO Office in Amman and Representative of the Organization in Jordan.

UNESCO launched its Media and Elections Project in Jordan in anticipation of the recent Parliamentary elections which took place in January 2013. Training, awareness raising activities, and consultations, in which media professionals were the main actors, have been held since then.

"Investigative journalism is a new phenomenon in the Arab World and it plays a huge role in exposing hidden issues. Before, during and after elections investigative journalism exposes any flaws in the electoral procedures and sheds light on these", commented Jihed Mansi, ARIJ trainer.

Electoral processes constitute a rich subject for investigative journalism as they relate to procedures, laws, representation of minorities, and they require fairness and integrity. In this regard, investigative journalism appears as a useful took to cover elections as well as to hold accountability.

The workshop reached consensus on the above and emphasized the relevance of investigative journalism particularly during municipal elections, as topics of concern are closer to people and civil society.

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