Basic training on media law for journalists in Djibouti
UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa is supporting Article 19 Kenya to carry out a basic training in media law in Djibouti. The training seeks to equip 20 journalists and civil society representatives working with diverse media houses in Djibouti with skill to have a good understanding of the laws as they apply to any form of journalism in Djibouti; to understand situations where the laws and regulations restrict or may have a bearing on what they intend to write or broadcast about; and to be up-to-date with the current binding policies, legislation, conventions at national, regional and international level on issues of freedom of expression and media freedom.
The training will be delivered in form of lectures and practical group exercises as well as sharing of experiences through interactive sessions. Key topics to be covered in the training will include: Introduction to Journalists as Human Rights Defenders; Basic Sources of Law in Djibouti; National Legislation affecting the practice of Media in Djibouti; International Human Rights Instruments guaranteeing Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression; Media and self-regulation – the Journalism code of ethics and principles and, New Media/Internet and the Laws: Online Freedom.
This activity falls under UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), a multilateral forum in the UN system that provides support for media projects and also seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media in the region.