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12-08-2014, 11:03

IWPR Teaches Tajik Journalists International Standards of Reporting


Avesta.Tj | 12.08.2014 | The representative office of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) in Tajikistan has carried out a two-day training workshop from August 8 to 9 on International Standards of Reporting for 14 young journalists from Dushanbe and GBAO.  

IWPR aims to introduce the international standards of reporting to support Tajik journalists in developing articles on professional level in order to reduce the number of suitcases against reporters. When speaking about the practices of court trials against journalists the trainer Firuz Barotov, Project Coordinator of the International Media Support (IMS) in Tajikistan, informed participants about the real cases that were suited against Tajik journalists and discussed the methods and tools to ‘soften’ their impact.

In an interactive form the participants learned the basics of writing analytical news articles, discussed new topics for articles that might interesting for foreign audiences. Most interesting session was the one in which the training participants learned the nuances of ‘selling’ their materials to international media.

"During two days of the training I learned a lot of features of the international standards of reporting, in particular the scheme of reporting, the way we have to write the subheading, the use of the sources of information that we can rely on, etc. I liked very much the interactive way the trainer presented materials to us, it was excellent. Also, the training was conducted in Tajik, which was very important for us, young journalists with little Russian speaking skills”, said Faizali Niyozov, reporter of Radio Imruz.

In future IWPR is going to train young journalists on the same topic in other regional centers of Tajikistan as well.

The training workshop was implemented within the framework of a new three-year project "Empowering Media and Civil Society Activists to Support Democratic Reforms in Tajikistan” supported by the European Union under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) as well as Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Endowment for Democracy (NED).


The project aims at promoting democratic reforms in Tajikistan by encouraging closer cooperation between leading human rights activists and independent media; improving the capacity of independent media to conduct investigative journalism projects and analytical reporting; and stimulating constructive dialogue within and between human rights CSOs, media, and local and national government officials concerning a variety of issues affecting the socio-economic life of the country.