During the month of April, staff from the IFJ Asia Pacific office travelled across the region to conduct specialised media training and workshops with affiliates in the Philippines, Pakistan and Cambodia as well as the emerging journalist union in Thailand.
The Cambodia workshop on April 4-5, supported by LO-TCO and hosted by the Cambodian Association for the Protection of Journalists (CAPJ), focused on journalist rights, ethics and negotiation skills training. It was followed with a union management & leadership training with the Thai Journalists’ Association (TJA) in Bangkok, Thailand on April 8, supported by FES and LO-TCO.
Following a brutal year for journalists in 2013, a much-needed LO-TCO training on journalist safety and ethics was held in Manila with journalists from central Luzon and Southern Tagalog..
Then, as part of the new South Asia Media for Democracy project, supported by UNDEF, the IFJ began the first in a series of media rights monitoring and advocacy workshops that will be conducted across the region over the next year. The workshops were hosted by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and supported by the Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ),
The first of the two-day workshops held in Karachi on April 13-14, focused on training journalists from the most troubled areas for journalists in Pakistan including Quetta, Khuzdar, Turbat, Balochistan and the KP-FATA tribal areas.
Then on April 15-16, the IFJ conducted a new gender safety training with women journalists Karachi, Hyderabad and Peshawar with the support of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.
See a photo gallery from this workshop here.