A two-day training workshop on investigative journalism and corruption for a group of 20 Ethiopian Journalists co-organized by the Ethiopian National Journalists Union (ENJU) and Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) opens today, 18 September 2014, in the capital Addis Ababa.
The training, which ran from September 18-19, 2014, was organized by ENJU and EAJA aimed at building the capacity of journalists to undertake investigative journalism and corruption reporting and help in the fight against impunity.The workshop is part of a series of such trainings being done by EAJA in collaboration with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) with funding from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) in the region and will cover 11 countries.
During the two day training, participants will be taken through a number of sessions to build their skills on investigative journalism, cases of corruption in public service.
In his opening remarks, Ethiopian Government Communication Affairs Office State Minister Ewnetu Bilata said that the government of Ethiopia is striving to ensure proper functioning of the press in the country. He mentioned that some press outlets in the country is engaged in unethical and political extremism which the government wants to be corrected. On the other hand, the government wants to work hand in hand with the media who practice professional journalism and meet ethical standards.
Gabriel Baglo, Director of International Federation of Journalists African Director, also on the occasion said that investigative journalism can help governments to see the limitation in their efforts to realize economic and social developments.
The director urged participants to aggressively engage in exposing corruption and maladministration and show the government what has been done and what is expected to be accomplished. EAJA Secretary General Alexandre NIYUNGEKO and ENJU President Anteneh Abraham also urged the participants to make use of the knowledge and skills gained to help in the fight against impunity and corruption.
Addis Ababa (ENJU) The Ethiopian police arrested yesterday journalist Elias Nigatu who writes for Enku magazine and requested a 14 day for additional investigations the Federal first instance court Arada Bench when the journalist appeared in court today.
And the court allowed the police a 7 day additional time. According to police the journalist is arrested because of his Article on the Magazine that instigated violence and riot among the Jimma university students. the Police said Elias is responsible for the lose of property and human lives during the violent riot of the university students recently in the Jimma town which is some 500 Km west of Addis Ababa.
The issue of Press Council establishment and protection of journalist were top on the agenda during the discussion forum held in connection with the celebration of International Press freedom Day in Addis Ababa on 3 May 2014.
The meeting which was attended by Ministers, representatives of the UNESCO, Ethiopian National Journalits Union (ENJU), political parties at the Ghion Hotel was highlighted with the discussion on the challenges encountered to establish a press council in Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian National Journalists Union (ENJU) expressed concern over the silence of government about three journalist and the six bloggers imprisoned journalists and bloggers.
ENJU together with the lawyer hired the regional body of the International Federation of journalist Journalists (IFJ) eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) is working hard to follow up the situation of the arrested people.
So far the government has not issued any statement or gave a press conference about the issue. Therefore, ENJU President Anteneh Abraham said” We are really concerned that with the silence of the government. We immediately demand clarification for the government.”
(Addis Ababa, 22 April 2014)- The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has successfully concluded its five day regional investigative journalism and corruption reporting training of trainers which ran from April 14-18, 2014.
The training workshop, which gathered 22 participants from Eastern Africa countries, was part of EAJA’s efforts aimed at building the capacity of media in Eastern Africa region by providing in-depth knowledge and skills on investigative journalism and corruption reporting in the region.