Comorian Media Training Workshop to Reinforce Good Democratic Reporting Practices for the Forthcoming 2015 Elections

OIF in cooperation with UNESCO organized a 5 day media training workshop on 3 to 7 November in Moroni, Comoros. The workshop enhanced good reporting practices for the upcoming 2015 elections. Thirty-two journalists from the three islands-Grande Comore, Moheli and Anjouan- attended.

The training workshop saw journalists and editors embrace clear commitments to playing a constructive role before, during and after the elections. “We re-discovered the ethical basis for the exercise of our profession,” One of the participants said. The training modalities at the workshop included practical work and simulation covering an election campaign.

Enhancing election reporting knowledge of journalists is crucial a free and fair election. An exchange of good election reporting practices took place between media practitioners, officials of the Comoros Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) and the National Press and Audio Visual Council (CNPA).

Further to this, a seminar was organized to bring together directors, media executives and members of the National Press and Audio Visual Council on 10 November 2014. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) and the National Press and Audiovisual Council (CNPA) also attended the seminar. The seminar drafted and adopted three crucial documented protocols. These are

  • A media commitment for fair and responsible professional coverage of elections.
  • A detailed request to CENI and CNPA for easy access by the media during the elections in line with the Comorian Constitution.
  • An election guide for Comorian journalists to be distributed to all journalists in the country prior to the election.

The training initiatives were carried out by the Organization International de la Francophonie (OIF) and UNESCO as free and fair elections are essential for democracy consolidation and conflict prevention.