12.09.2018 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Investigative Journalism for Justice and Human Rights in Madagascar

Speech by the representative of the Minister of Communication and Relations with the Institutions © UNESCO, September 2018

The Fourth Investigative Journalism training in Madagascar took place from 3 to 7 September 2018. Financed by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, in the framework of the project "Democratic, Representative and Credible Democratic Institutions", the new edition of the independent investigative magazine "Trandraka" will be published in December 2018.

UNESCO organized an investigative journalism training, around the themes of Justice and Human Rights, from 3 to 7 September 2018 in Antananarivo. This activity is the fourth one organized in the framework of the project “Democratic, Representative and Credible Democratic Institutions" (IDIRC), financed by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund.

During the week, twenty professional journalists were trained by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Ministry of Justice, the Antananarivo Court, senior trainers and the Network of Journalists covering news stories and investigative stories from Madagascar. The training aimed at giving journalists the necessary knowledge for them to carry out research and make responsible advocacy in these areas.

During the opening ceremony, the representative of the Minister of Communication and Relations with the Institutions congratulated and encouraged the participants, by stating that "becoming an investigative journalist is not a mission but a choice that requires irreproachable skills, courage and tenacity because the road to reach is dotted with obstacles ". He also stressed the importance of "the function of guarantor" of journalists in society.

The sessions were lively and allowed fruitful exchanges and ideas sharing between trainers and participants. A perfect blend of theoretical presentations and practical exercises were part of the training. Debates about participants' experiences in their daily work fed discussions with trainers who are specialists in these fields.

At the end of the five days, the participants presented their investigative projects on which they will work during several weeks. The articles produced will be published in the 4th issue of the independent investigative magazine, "Trandraka", in collaboration with the Order of Journalists of Madagascar. The themes will be of the non-respect of the rights of vulnerable groups: children, women, prisoners, as well as the non-application of laws in illicit trafficking. The magazine is expected to be released in December 2018.

 




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