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25.07.2017 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

A big step for investigative journalism in Madagascar

Ceremony and certificates delivery- first training session on investigative journalism in Madagascar/UNESCO

As part of the project "Democratic, Credible and Representative Institutions in Madagascar" the first training session on investigative journalism saw the publishing of an independent investigative magazine, engaging committed journalists and civil society organizations.

An official ceremony was organized by UNESCO on Friday 21 July 2017 in Antananarivo, Madagascar to mark the closure of the first training session on investigative journalism as part of the project on 'Democratic, Credible, and Representative Institutions in Madagascar' (IDIRC)" , funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund. The objective is to publish an independent investigative magazine through which journalists and civil society organizations can make their voices heard, in a relevant and responsible way. The first issue of this magazine titled "Trandraka" (meaning "tenrec") was also presented to the public during the ceremony.

The ceremony was attended by several officials such as the President of the High Constitutional Court, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System, the Chairman of the Culture and Communication Committee of the Senate, the Director General of Communication, who represented the Minister of Communication and Relations with the Institutions, as well as officers of the Defense and Security Forces.

Twenty-four journalists from 11 regions of the country received a certificate and were congratulated at the ceremony. They participated in a training on "Ethics and Deontology" and "Peace Journalism" in April 2017 and produced feature article.

The nine best articles are published in the first issue of Trandraka, Investigative Media. These articles highlight community insecurity and tensions in various areas such as human bone trafficking (article in the front page), drought in the south of the country, theft of green vanilla and the exploitation of children in this field, land corruptions and health problems caused by counterfeit cosmetics. Two articles from civil society on peace are also featured in this issue of the magazine.

The President of the Order of Journalists, Gérard Rakotonirina, in his speech, recalled the importance of the role of journalists in the maintenance and consolidation of peace. He also expressed his deep gratitude to UNESCO and the Peace Building Fund for their support for this capacity-building program for Malagasy journalists.

The Director General of Communication, Mrs Donna Mara Razafindrazaka, also thanked the technical and financial partners and renewed the will of the Ministry of Communication and Relations with the Institutions to collaborate on this project and to offer its support to journalists as their tutorship institution.

Ms. Charlotte Ndiaye, Resident Representative of WHO and Acting Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Madagascar, recalled the experience of UNESCO in the field of investigative journalism and expressed its warm thanks to all the partners who made it possible to achieve this result.

Trained journalists had the opportunity to exchange views with the invited guests and expressed their immense gratitude to the organizers and donors of the program. They also confirmed their willingness to apply for the next session to be held in September 2017 on the theme "Fight against corruption".


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