Media training on ethical reporting on conflict sensitive topics and situations
To promote objective, independent and balanced reporting in the media sector, UNDP supported the job training and coaching of over 60 participants (journalists from 3 TV stations, two on-line news sites, and students from the Department of Journalism from Maldives National University).
An international expert, Mr. Binod Bhattarai, provided technical support for organizing a series of in-house training. Topics covered included Basic News Writing, Television News Production and Writing, Ethical Reporting, Investigative Journalism and Feature Writing.
The end evaluation demonstrated that knowledge and skills among the journalists were enhanced on ethical and balanced reporting. The expert also held meetings/discussions with Maldives Media Council and Maldives Broadcasting Commission on monitoring media during election.
As a result, Maldives Broadcasting Commission initiated monitoring of the election. These interventions will be followed up for developing a core team of change leaders in media and journalism.
In addition, following the first round of the presidential elections, UNDP partnered with NGO Maldives Journalist's Association to conduct a dialogue between media organizations on the role of media during elections.
Ten individuals from seven media organizations and Maldives Broadcasting Commission took part in the discussion session, which looked at the experiences of the different media organizations during first round of elections, the challenges faced and how media's role could be strengthened for the second round and/or subsequent elections.