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UNESCO and the International Association of Prosecutors start a training course on investigating crimes against journalists

02.02.2023, 10:14

UNESCO and the International Association of Prosecutors are starting an online training course for prosecutors and lawyers titled "Investigating and Prosecuting Crimes Against Journalists, Promoting Freedom of Expression", which will run from February 27 to March 9. This was announced on the website of the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting.

The training will be based, among other things, on "Guidelines for prosecutors on cases of crimes against journalists" by UNESCO and the International Association of Prosecutors, a document which defines the factors that should be analyzed while making decisions on cases against journalists.

Measures to ensure the protection of public interests and law and order and strengthen trust in the judicial system in the future will also be discussed.

The course is structured into five modules on the following topics: freedom of expression; the prosecutor's role in the effective prosecution of crimes against journalists; criminal defamation; journalistic method and sources; evidentiary issues, elements and practice of international cooperation.

Course instructors include former prosecutors and international experts on freedom of expression, as well as high-level guest speakers such as a former judge of the International Criminal Court, a representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and an investigative journalist.

The course is free and will be available in English.

The organizers set no limits on the number of participants or prerequisites for participation.

At the end of the course, participants who have passed all modules and tests will be issued a certificate of completion.

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