Closing of the program on “Investigative journalism and access to the information”

Bahira Ouiji from Tunisia won the first prize

The closing ceremony of the program “Investigative journalism and access to the information” took place in Tunis 13 December.

Present at the ceremony, were Saloua Ghazouani, Director of Article 19 MENA office, David Diaz Jogeix, Program Director in Article 19, Hanene Zbiss, representative of TAIJ (Tunisian Association for Investigative Journalism) and coordinator of the program, and Karim Belhaj, Program director in Article 19.

In the opening of the ceremony, the representatives of the different partner organizations expressed their satisfaction about the course of the program and specially the output (eight investigations) in a short time (three months).

Then, the participants (eight journalists from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Libya) presented their investigative works, telling about their choice of subjects, the truths they revealed and the difficulties they faced.

In this program, ten journalists from North Africa had a training in investigative journalism from 6 to 8 September 2018. Then, they took three months to produce investigative stories about subjects related to corruption, pollution, health, illegal immigration, etc. During this period, they were supervised by experienced journalists, and their fees needed for production were covered by the program.

At the end of project, they produced six written investigations, one radio investigation and one audiovisual investigation.

A jury was created from the partners of the program, to select the best productions.

During the ceremony, the prize list was revealed:

1er Prize: Bahira Ouiji (Tunisia) for her investigation: Exploitation of illegal African immigrants in Sfax

2ndPrize: Mohamed Naili (Libya) for his investigation: Pollution with fuel of “Jalo” zone in Libya

– Special Mention for Najeh Zaghdoudi (Tunisia) for his investigation about corruption on the industrial sector in Kairouan

– Special Mention for Abdellatif Hammamouchi (Morocco) for his investigation about the continued use of plastic despite the prohibition by law

Some of these investigations were already published, other will be published soon.

The program of “Investigative Journalism and access to Information” is organized by Journalism and Media International Center (JMIC) at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway, Article 19 and the Tunisian Association for Investigative Journalism. (Text by Hanene Zbiss)

Mohamed Naili from Libya won the second prize


Moroccan documentaries

Anne Hege Simonsen with the two winners and the jury in Rabat

Anne Hege Simonsen, the head of the JMIC board, was part of a jury judging short documentaries in Morocco this week.

The screening took place is Institut Supériur de l´Information et de la Communication (ISIC) in Rabat.

She also held a Master class for ISIC students enrolled in the Migration and Media Masters.


Chilling effects

Guy Berger From UNESCO
Guy Berger From UNESCO

The 4th annual conference on the Safety of Journalists was held at Oslo Metropolitan University 5 – 6 November under headline “the chilling effects”.

Guy Berger, Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development in UNESCO in Paris, spoke about “From global norms to national mechanisms for protecting journalists”. Continue reading “Chilling effects”

Challenges to Freedom of Expression: Crimes against journalists: persecution, prevention, protection

Thomas Hughes from ARTICLE 19

The international day to end impunity for crimes against journalists was marked with a special event in Oslo 2 November, hosted by Free Expression Foundation (Fritt Ord) and Executice Director Knut Olav Åmås.

Executive Director of ARTICLE 19 Thomas Hughes showed a new metrix to evaluate the state of freedom of expression and information around the world. Continue reading “Challenges to Freedom of Expression: Crimes against journalists: persecution, prevention, protection”