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Investing in democracy in Mauritania by strengthening journalists’ capacities

11-10-2006 (Rabat)
In a bid to support the democratic process in Mauritania through strengthening the capacities of media professionals, a UNESCO/ISESCO training workshop for Mauritanian women journalists to produce radio spots promoting democracy is presently taking place in Nouakchott.
The workshop, the second in the series of joint UNESCO and ISESCO actions to promote freedom of expression in Mauritania, aims at sensitizing women journalists on questions such as neutrality and pluralism and the conditions to take into account when elaborating public announcement spots.

The journalists presently being trained in Mauritania have diverse backgrounds with experience either from the national radio and television services or public and independent newspapers. Several governmental actors will also take part in the evaluation of the public announcement spots, such as the independent national electoral commission (Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI)) which will be represented by observers.

The first workshop which took place in May of this year, in Nouakchott, was also aimed at women journalists who produced public announcement spots for the June 2006 referendum, underlining the crucial role of women journalists in encouraging voters to vote and sensitize and inform the population on the importance and the procedures of the referendum.
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      · Capacity Building: News Archives 2006
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