On 26 February 2017, the Head of the Khartoum Office and UNESCO Representative to Sudan, Mr. Pavel Kroupkine in frameworks of safety training for female journalists in Khartoum was interviewed by the Sudanese El Sharoog TV Channel. Mr. Kroopkine delivered to the Sudanese public a message, that UNESCO together with the International Programme for Development Communications (IPDC) consider violence against journalists among the most important current challenges for the Humanity: every five days one media worker somewhere in the World is murdered, and the majority of killed are not war journalists. Addressing this challenge, UNESCO adopted the UNESCO Work Plan on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, which emphasis on South-South cooperation and complements the organization’s contribution to the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.
In accordance with these plans, UNESCO supports the Sudanese Journalist Union in organizing a set of training sessions on safe journalism for female journalists all over the country – targeting to train in personal violence risks management up to hundred female journalists. UNESCO is happy to have a strong support for the project from the National Assembly and Ministry of Information.
The first training session of the cycle took place in Khartoum on 26/02-01/03/2017 – enabling about twenty female journalists to better work with risks of personal violence during their professional activity.