8th Nov, 2007

Media has an important role to play in promoting healthy and vibrant democracy

Media has an important role to play in promoting healthy and vibrant democracy. In order to prepare Bhutanese journalists for the nation’s first ever parliamentary elections a training on election reporting is being held in the capital.

About 15 journalists from the three new newspapers, the BBS Radio and Television and the two private FM stations are attending the training on election reporting in the capital.

The five day training will look at various issues concerning election reporting. They will be taught how to prepare and structure election coverage and organize and cover election campaigns, conduct interviews and gather information and cover the election on polling day and provide post-election coverage.

They will also be familiarized with journalistic principles and standards, fair and balanced reporting and dealing with vote rigging and other types of fraud in politics.

Peter Prufert, a former director of International Institute for Journalism in Berlin, Germany is one of the trainers. He said journalists have to play a very important role in the elections.

The training is being organized by Kuensel Corporation Limited with fund from the United Nation Development Program, UNDP. Source: BBS

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