EU-UNDP and PCTL advise Timorese journalists to use a GBV guidebook for news reporting

EU-UNDP and PCTL advise Timorese journalists to use a GBV guidebook for news reporting

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DILI, 13 june 2022 (TATOLI) – Development partners comprising the European Union (EU) United Nations Development Program (UNDP) together with Timor-Leste Press Council (PC) advise Timorese journalists to follow a ‘Gender-based Violence’ handbook on reporting the news.

European Union Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Andrews Jacob said the EU is committed to supporting Timorese journalists to acquire more knowledge to become professional journalists.

“It is very important to support the press council with finances through UNDP to develop a handbook for all media institutions to use for reporting, in particular news reporting on violence against women and girls” EU Ambassador Andrews Jacob told TATOLI after meeting with the PC in the Novo Turismo Hotel, Lecidere, this Monday.

President of the Press Council of Timor-Leste, Vergilio Gutteres said these guidelines are the standard to assist journalists in covering and developing news.

“Indicators/standards will guide reporters to reflect the same important character elements that comprise core ethics, generating ideas, using considerate language for interviews and writing news reporting.”

Mr. Gutteres said PCTL observed most Timorese reporters and editors have been subjected to many common mistakes, which sometimes undermine people’s dignity and integrity, adding that therefore the guidelines also help journalists avoid common mistakes.

UNDP program manager, Joanico Monteiro said this partnership was important to help East Timorese journalists produce news that made sense for the public to consume.

“Good news can educate people to avoid discrimination particularly gender domestic violence. this is an important point that UNDP and the EU are working on.”

Currently, the press council has 400 manuals available and many more will be printed for distribution to all media agencies across the country.

The cooperation project between UNDP and PC which was signed last year in June 2021 is scheduled to be completed in December 2021 with a duration of 6 months. However, due to the impact of COVID-19, this project was extended until 2022.

This project is funded by the European Union for 50 thousand USD.


Journalist: José Belarmino de Sá

Editor: Nelia Borges


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