‘Only well trained journos can be watchdogs’

The Berlin based International Institute of Journalism of GIZ says only well trained journalists can fulfill the role as critical watchdogs helping to create transparency and to hold governments and business accountable.

IIJ’s Head Astrid Kohl said her institution together with well-trained journalists would be able to promote independent and critical reporting which is critical to monitor decision makers in politics and business.

“Democracy, good governance and an active civil society are preconditions for development,” Kohl said.

Kohl told journalists who  attended a weeklong induction workshop for an E-learning six months course in International Finance and Economic Reporting.

Journalists at one of the training

Thirteen journalists drawn from Malawi (Nyasa Times), Zambia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and India are attending the introductory course and will participate in the online course which official begins on May 15th and ends on November 31st 2012.

All participating journalists are alumni of IIJ in its Political and Economic reporting courses of 2011.

The IIJ gives up and coming journalists from developing countries and emerging economies the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in the media business.

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