Okinawa Peace Assistance Center (OPAC) with the support from UNDP Electoral Project LEARN and media organizations conducted a Media Forum on 7th December in Dili.
The objective of the forum - supported by the Government of Japan - was to raise awareness on the roles of each media sector and promote civic engagement from the experience of coverage during the parliamentary elections 2017.
Journalists from community radio, television, print and online media as well as students from media department participated to discuss their experience on successes and challenges related to media coverage during the parliamentary elections in 2017.
The journalists submitted recommendations on the role of media in elections which aims to help the project and media to revise its strategy while implementing activities for journalists in the future.
UNDP continues to work closely with the Press Council to improve journalists’ capacity and later this month will support the council to distribute press ID cards to 216 professional journalists, and provide certificates to those who contributed to Timor-Leste's independence during the period 1975-1999.