The UNDP electoral project in partnership with the Press Council as part of its political journalism component launched a comprehensive training programme for journalists on 18 January in Dili.
The launch event was attended by the Vice Minister for Commerce and Industry, Secretary of State for Council of Ministers and Social Communication, President of the Press Council, and representatives from the Government of Japan and the UNDP electoral project.
The training will be provided to 20 pre-selected journalists of Timor-Leste using participatory education techniques and a distinctive activity based approach.
The training will focus on improving the capacity of journalists serving in key media such as print, broadcast and online for an open, diverse and self-sustaining media sector that provides Timorese with a platform for engaging in informed dialogue to encourage accountability and development.
With the support from the UNDP electoral project, the Press Council will run the training programme for six months consisting of two modules every week starting from February.