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TLPU-UNDP organize training on election coverage to promote transparency and inclusiveness in Parliamentary Election

TLPU-UNDP organize training on election coverage to promote transparency and inclusiveness in Parliamentary Election

DILI, 28 march 2023 (TATOLI) – Timor-Leste Press Union (TLPU), with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) organized a three-day training on elections reporting and coverage to promote transparency and inclusiveness in the upcoming parliamentary elections to be held on 21 may, 2023.

The three-day training on Journalism and Elections is led by TLPU with support from the UNDP’s Covid-Resilient Elections in Timor-Leste (CORE-TL) project, funded by the Government of Japan.

A three-day training Journalism and Election Training; Promoting Transparency and Inclusiveness in Parliamentary Election 2023 ” was kicked off at Fatuhada Tower, in Dili, today. 

The journalism and election training aims to ensure that journalists will conduct fair and accurate information sharing during the upcoming parliamentary election of 2023 while citizens have access to adequate information to make an informed decision for the election. 

The training is based on a national journalism guideline “The Guideline for Electoral Reporting for Journalists and Media”, co-produced by National Press Council and the UNDP CORE-TL project, to strengthen the principles of peace journalism, responsible reporting, and inclusive politics for the elections for Timorese Journalists. 

“We are grateful to Japan and UNDP for supporting the training for journalist organizations. The training enables journalists to develop reporting skills for the inclusive and fair coverage of the election and it contributes to promoting the participation of citizens in the election. We are honored to work with Japan and UNDP as strategic partners to support the development of the media in Timor-Leste. We hope that this cooperation will continue to enhance the capacity of the national media”, said the President of TLPU, Candido Alves.

At the same place, the Resident Representative of UNDP Timor-Leste, Munkhtuya Altangerel said that the UNDP CORE-TL project ensures informed and inclusive elections by supporting the development of national media.

“Journalists have a significant influence on the social spirit of a country, and their responsibility in covering electoral cycles by providing precise and bias-free information is essential to build a better society and democracy in Timor-Leste,” Altangerel said. 

The opening ceremony of the training was attended by the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Social Communication, Francisco Martins da Costa Pereira Jerónimo, the Ambassador of Japan to Timor-Leste, Tetsuya Kimura, President of CNE, José Belo, General Director of STAE, Acilino Branco, President of Press Council, Otelio Ote, President of TLPU, Candido Alves, and UNDP Resident Representative, Munkhtuya Altangerel. 

More than 30 political journalists from different local media outlets would participate in the three-day training in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

 

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges 

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