AFP Foundation launches media training on development
In collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Canal France International (CFI), the AFP Foundation on Wednesday began a training programme to promote local coverage of stories related to development.
The two-year media development programme was inaugurated in Beirut on Tuesday by AFP chairman and chief executive Emmanuel Hoog, Lebanese acting Information Minister TarekMitri, UNDP's Lebanon representative Robert Watkins, CFI director EtienneFlatte and AFP Foundation director Robert Holloway.
The AFP Foundation will train local print and radio journalists to raise public awareness of development issues while CFI will train television journalists.
The first workshop begins Wednesday with the participant of 30 journalists.
"Recent events have made clear the link between freedom, information and economic development," Hoog said.
"These values are central to AFP and to the essence of democratic development."
Holloway said: "I hope that this project will help us create ties among journalists of all sides and confessions and contribute to a spirit of citizenship."
Mitri, for his part, expressed the hope that the programme would allow local journalists to turn their attention increasingly to development issues.
Watkins drew attention to the timing of the workshop, which coincides with the 36th anniversary of the outbreak of the civil war in Lebanon as well as current events in the Middle East and North Africa.
The programme, conducted in Arabic, aims to strengthen the capacity of Lebanese journalists to cover development issues.
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