Over the last two weeks CFI have hosted four training workshops focused on ethical journalism and the Code of Conduct for Election Reporting, with young journalists from the West Bank. The workshops each lasted three days, and were facilitated by highly experienced trainers, with over 100 participants.
A fifth workshop, of one day, was held with participants from Gaza. This workshop was condensed due to travel restrictions, but CFI hope to hold further workshops in Gaza over the coming months.
Topics discussed included the role of a journalist, the importance of verifying and checking sources, writing skills and reporting of opinion polls and other aspects of election reporting. Guest speakers including Nour Odeh, spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office and Fareed Taamallah from the Central Elections Commission also addressed the trainees.
Read the following press releases:
* Fifty Young Journalists Attend Training Focused on Applying Ethical Principles in Practice
* Guest Speakers Address Young Journalists on Training Course
* خمسون من الصحفيين الشبابً يتلقون تدريباً حول تطبيق مبادئ أخلاقيات المهنة
* Fifty more Journalists from around the West Bank attend Ethical Media Training in Ramallah
* خمسون صحفياً من جميع أنحاء الضفة الغربية يشاركون في
تدريب حول أخلاقيات مهنة الإعلام في رام الله
* Gaza Journalists Attend Ethical Media Training
* صحفيون من غزة يشاركون في تدريب حول الأخلاقيات المهنة للعمل الصحفي في رام الله
Promoting the Media Code of Conduct with University Students
CFI promote and debate the Media Code of Conduct with University Students. The next generation of Palestinian journalists joined the debate arond media ethics and the Code of Conduct in a discussion at Bir Zeit University, facilitated by AFP Correspondent Hossam Ezzedine, on Tuesday 4th March.
The discussions focused on how journalists ensure they are 'following the rules' of their trade and considered the ethics of issues such as the printing of photographs of dead bodies. The students also raised questions around accuracy of reporting and how to ensure clear communication of messages. Following the event the attending students signed the Code of Conduct.
Similar events will also be held at Hebron and Nablus Universities in the next week.
Read the press release in ARABIC and ENGLISH
Code of Conduct Signing Ceremony.
The Code of Conduct developed by Palestinian media figures in November was launched at a ceremony at the Caesar Hotel on 30th January. The Code focuses on best practices in election and political reporting and stresses the importance of objectivity, fairness and balance.
At the ceremony the 20 media operatives who developed the code publically re-signed it, re-iterating their commitment to its contents, and other attendees were also invited to sign.
Sir Vincent Fean, the British Consul General said that the British Consulate were thrilled to support this project, and representatives from the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate and the Office of the Prime Minister, added their hope that the code would be adopted widely by media operatives through the West Bank and Gaza.
Speakers from the project partners Civic Forum Institute and ERIS spoke about the next steps for the code, which will focus on advocating for its adoption amongst the media community, and providing training and support to journalists in implementing it.
Please click here to read the press release in ARABIC
Improving Quality of Political Coverage and Expanding Media Space
Improving Quality of Political Coverage and Expanding Media Space ahead of the 2013 Palestinian Elections
CFI are the local supporting partner for Election Reform International Services (ERIS) on this project funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The project aims to improve media coverage and reporting of political events such as elections, through supporting local media organisations to develop a Media Code of Conduct, training for journalists and key media figures, and monitoring of the resulting media coverage around the elections scheduled in Palestine for 2013.
Activities to date on this project include a two-day workshop with senior media figures from the West Bank and Gaza to develop a media-owned Code of Conduct for political and election reporting. The workshop brought together operatives from television, radio and print media, to develop the Code which highlights the central role the media play in disseminating information to the public, and promotes the importance of ensuring this information is fair, accurate and balanced. The workshop's approach focused on the media's ownership of the code they developed, to optimize its effective implementation and people's adherence to it. By committing publicly to the code, the media agree to the standards outlined within it, allowing it to become a tool for tackling irresponsible or inaccurate reporting and issues such as incitement and political bias.