Workshop on Journalistic Investigations for Media Professionals and HR Activists (27/01/2015)

With the support from the European Union the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) holds the second stage training workshop on Journalistic Investigations for Media Professionals and HR Activists.

From January 16 – 23, 2015 the Representative Office of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) in Tajikistan carried out series of three two-day training workshops on Journalistic Investigations for journalists and human rights activists in the cities of Qurghonteppa, Khujand, and Dushanbe.

These workshops followed the five-day trainings on Journalistic Investigations that IWPR carried out in May 2014 to train participants on effective selection of investigation topics, access to open sources of information, techniques of information gathering and analyzing, and personal safety.

During the second stage of the trainings the participants presented their investigative projects implemented within the framework of IWPR project and shared their achievements and the problems they faced while carrying out their journalistic investigations. According to the lessons learned, the majority of the investigators had the problem with the statement of hypothesis regarding the investigating cases, implementation of the investigation scheme and its visualization as well as access to official sources of information.

Seven journalistic investigations that already have been published in Farazh, Samak, Paik, Impuls, Ozodagon newspapers and on www.ozodi.org and www.faraj,tj websites were carefully reviewed and discussed by training participants during the trainings. Also, the participating journalists presented about ten new investigations that remain in different implementation stages.

Speaking about the ten households in Jomi district of Khatlon province whose lands were deprived by local administration, the training participant Sayrahmon Nazriev said: “I aimed not only to help these household to struggle for justice, but also to send a message to other authorities that they shouldn’t act in contrary to legislation. Now, when these people got their lands back, I would like to say that thanks to IWPR’s procedural, financial, and legal support I reached this goal without any problems”.

IWPR invited a Ukrainian expert Oleg Khomenok, Director of the Institute for Development of Regional Press (IDRP) for this training who consulted Tajik journalists and human rights activists on the ways to avoid the mentioned mistakes in order to consummate the investigation.

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.

IWPR will continue providing legal support to those involved in investigative journalism. 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.