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Tunisia: Enhancing cooperation between security forces and journalists

On the occasion of the award of certificates to members of security forces who participated in the training-the-trainers activity last February, UNESCO and the Tunisian Ministry of Interior announce a new series of training sessions in the region aimed at sensitising security forces’ officers on the issues of human rights, freedom of expression and safety of journalists.

Four six-day training sessions will take place in the cities of Gafsa, Sbeïtla, Bizerte and Sidi Bouzid during June and July 2013. Two days will be dedicated to joint sessions for members of security forces and journalists working in these governorates. In total, 90 officers from the police, the National Guard and the Emergency Preparedness, as well as about 30 journalists will attend the training.

The upcoming training, which will include presentations of international and national freedom of expression standards, and practical exercises on communication with media, will be provided by trainers from UNESCO and the Ministry of Interior.

The partners of the project, the National Union of Tunisian Journalists and the Tunisian Centre for Freedom of the Press, will facilitate the participation of journalists in this training activity.

This cooperation programme, which is being implemented in the framework of the support to the institutional reforms initiated by the United Nations system, aims to accompany the restructuring of the security institution and the transition towards democracy in Tunisia. It has received financial support from the Netherlands.

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. To realize this, the Organization strives to advance the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples through all means of mass communication.