Latin America and the Carribean
Sub-regional activities in the Caribbean
In order to ensure a pool of ell-equipped journalists ahead of the elections scheduled to take place in the 2012-2013 period in Bahamas, Barbados and Belize, UNESCO Kingston is collaborating with UNDP and the Commonwealth to enhance the capacities for accurate and impartial journalistic reporting of elections, taking stock of different resources, including the UNESCO-published guidelines for broadcasters.
Within this line of work, twenty journalists from over 12 Caribbean countries were trained in late July 2011, including 8 Jamaicans whose skills were reinforced ahead of the December 2011 elections in Jamaica.
In 2013, the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day celebration in the Caribbean was held in Curaçao, and included a 2-day workshop on election reporting. 16 journalists from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago participated in the workshop. Among other things, the workshop focused on guidelines for reporting elections and its best practices. Two of its outputs were:
- the development of a best practice model for media practice in elections,
- establishing a distinction between the media industry and journalistic performance in the context of journalistic best practices.