Improving the quality of reporting on HIV/AIDS in Uzbekistan
On 15, 16 and 23 April 2013, the UNESCO Tashkent Office hosted a series of meetings for journalists covering HIV/AIDS issues in Uzbekistan.
UNAIDS, UNESCO and UNFPA, together with the Republican AIDS Centre of Uzbekistan, had launched a competition for the best media report on HIV&AIDS in 2012 on the occasion of the World AIDS Day on 10 December 2012. Submissions were received from some 20 journalists in different media categories (radio, TV and Internet/printed media).
So as to bring the journalists up-to-date on the latest trends as regards the HIV/AIDS epidemic and encourage the use of non-stigmatizing and non-discriminatory language and correct terminology, all competition participants were invited to a training that UNESCO organized with the support of the Republican AIDS Centre and “Ishonch va Hayot” NGO.Discussions and the trainers’ feedback on the reports submitted to the competition enhanced the journalists’ apprehension of the possible ways for improving the quality of reporting on HIV/AIDS related issues. Also, the workshop allowed for the establishment of an informal network of journalists committed to reporting on and raising awareness about the epidemic.
At a ceremony organized at the closure of the workshop, Mr Denis Haveaux, UNAIDS Country Coordinator, Mr Karl Kulessa, UNFPA Representative in Uzbekistan, and Ms Krista Pikkat, Head a.i. of the UNESCO Tashkent Office, awarded the six winners of the competition.
Ms Pikkat highlighted the complementarity of action of UNAIDS co-sponsoring agencies in the country, each of which brought to bear its specific competencies. She thanked the journalists for their participation in the competition and underscored the importance for the media to continue their crucial work of informing the public, fighting prejudice and encouraging debate on issues of social importance, including those related to HIV and AIDS.
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