Journalistic Investigations for Media Professionals and HR Activists (02/06/2014)

From May 15 – 24, 2014 the Representative Office of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) in Tajikistan carried out series of two training workshops on Journalistic Investigations for 29 journalists and human rights activists from the cities of Dushanbe, Khatlon and Badakhshan provinces of Tajikistan.

Training topics included effective selection of investigation topics, access to information laws, techniques of information gathering and interviewing, working with different types of sources, journalistic ethics, and personal safety. Ukrainian expert Oleg Khomenok, Director of the Institute for Development of Regional Press (IDRP) led the training while Ms. Rukhshona Olimova, Media Consultant of OSI Tajikistan and Sergey Romanov, Director of the Independent Center to Protect Human Rights supported him as Assistant trainer and Legal Consultant accordingly.

“It was a very helpful training. To be frank, after the completion of this training I had an idea to give up my current job establish a group of media professionals that works in the genre of investigative journalism only. I don’t know when I can realize this idea, but what I know for sure is that I can use the knowledge I gained during this training to carry out high quality journalistic investigations”, sai Yoqubi Said, Editor of web site

This five-day training was the first of the series of trainings on Journalistic Investigations which will be followed by mentoring of its participants to jointly draw plans for and implement journalistic investigations. At the second stage the training participants will come together once more to discuss the works they have already done and consult with trainers and mentors about the difficulties they faced while conducting their investigations.

As a result of the project implementation IWPR intends to establish a pool of Tajik journalists and human rights defenders who will be able to carry out high quality investigations to support democratic reforms in Tajikistan.

The trainings were the first in their series that IWPR has carried out within the framework of the three-year project “Empowering Media and Civil Society Activists to Support Democratic Reforms in Tajikistan” throughout the country. In September 2014 IWPR will carry out similar training for journalists and HR defenders of Sughd province of Tajikistan.
The project “Empowering Media and Civil Society Activists to Support Democratic Reforms in Tajikistan” supported by the European Union under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) as well as Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

The project aims at promoting democratic reforms in Tajikistan by encouraging closer cooperation between leading human rights activists and independent media; improving the capacity of independent media to conduct investigative journalism projects and analytical reporting; and stimulating constructive dialogue within and between human rights CSOs, media, and local and national government officials concerning a variety of issues affecting the socio-economic life of the country.