With the active participation of twenty journalists, yesterday was completed the first day of the three-day online training on “Violent extremism and terrorism”. Through the next two days, participants will be able to get acquainted and discuss several current topics, such as the relevance of important EU documents related to violent radicalization and cases from the Western Balkans, the Council of Europe – freedom of expression in the ECHR and European Court case human rights court cases from the journalistic practice, activities of the institutions for the prevention of violent extremism and radicalization in North Macedonia but also in the region.
These online training are intended for journalists with several years of experience, young journalists and students of journalism or other related fields such as social and political sciences, and for those who want to gain new and/or expand their knowledge and skills in reporting on cases related to violent extremism and terrorism.
The main purpose of the training is to achieve a general understanding of journalists on how to report on cases related to violent extremism and terrorism.
The training аre realized by two distinguished professors: Prof. Ph.D. Nikola Dujovski from the Faculty of Security in Skopje and Prof. Ph.D. Dejan Milenkovic from the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade, Serbia.
During November, other online training will follow, which are of special importance for journalists and other media professionals. The program is designed to help them complete their work by informing the public about these specific events. One of the goals of the workshops, in addition to building the capacity of journalists to report objectively on violent extremism and terrorism and to use the appropriate code of ethics related to reporting on terrorism (use of appropriate speech, avoidance of misuse of images that violate victims’ rights, etc.).
All this will have to contribute to the sustainability of this activity in the future. This means that the training will not only enable the participants to acquire new knowledge but will also motivate them to use it in practice, thus contributing to alleviating the negative effects of reporting on violent extremism and terrorism.
After completing the three-day course, the participants of the training will be invited to prepare thematic articles on topics relevant to violent extremism and terrorism in groups that will be published in Macedonian and Albanian the AJM website.
The training are part of the program activities within the project “Building Resistance against Violent Extremism and Terrorism through Empowered Journalists, Media and Government Representatives” implemented by the Association of Journalists of Macedonia in partnership with the European Perspective Initiative IEP and the KONICA Institute.
The project is funded by HEDAYAH (International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism), Abu Dhabi under the global STRIVE program programmed by the EU.