12.03.2019 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

Strengthening Investigative Journalism in Bhutan

A UNESCO-funded project on building media capacity for investigative journalism in Bhutan was signed and launched in Thimphu on 12 March 2019. Titled ‘Promoting SDG 16.10: Strengthening Investigative Journalism to Ensure Public Access to Information’, the project will be implemented by the Bhutan Media Foundation in 2019.

The project, which is a part of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), aims to train at least 40 journalists to conduct investigative journalism, to develop 15 model investigative reports, and to establish a Resource Centre for Investigative Journalism at the Bhutan Media Foundation.

The agreement for the initiative was signed jointly by Mr Eric Falt, Director and UNESCO Representative for Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka, and Mr Needrup Zangpo, Executive Director of the Bhutan Media Foundation.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Falt said: ‘We recognize the value of capacity development for in-service journalists. Over the last five years, UNESCO has supported a wide range of training programmes for practising journalists in Bhutan, and we believe that the methods and techniques of investigative reporting will be a valuable new addition to their skill sets.’

The event was attended by key members of the media fraternity in Thimphu, including Mr Rinzin Wangchuk, the President of the Journalists Association of Bhutan, who delivered a guest address on the occasion.

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