UNESCO holds training on election coverage for Egyptian journalists
UNESCO’s Office in Cairo organized a training workshop on election coverage for Egyptian journalists from regional print and electronic media. The third in a series, the event took place in Cairo from 22 to 26 April 2012 and aimed at strengthening capacities of journalists in view of the upcoming presidential elections in Egypt.
More than twenty media professionals working in public and private print and electronic media outlets participated in the UNESCO workshop to learn more about the election coverage essentials. The trainees came from different governorates of Egypt - Asyut, Ismailia, North and South Sinai, Port Said, Suez, and Cairo.
The training addressed current election rules and regulations in Egypt, safety of journalists during the coverage of elections and mass gatherings, as well as an appropriate analysis of election programmes. Participants also learnt how to better apply professional values for the delivery of impartial and balanced information, which is a prerequisite of the fair elections. Best practices related to the election coverage were also analyzed.
This workshop was the third in a series of election coverage trainings organized by the UNESCO Office in Cairo. The previous ones took place in the fall of 2011, before the parliamentary elections in Egypt. The presidential election campaign is scheduled to kick off in the beginning of May 2012.