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Media improved its reporting and approach on refugees thanks to EU-funded training

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 14:35


The final conference of the EU-funded project on media and civil society collaboration for the rights of refugees will take place on 30 January in Istanbul. The project has provided extensive training to public and private media to improve the way they report on refugees, their actual needs and their rights, based on the relevant international treaties and national regulations. The Head of the EU Delegati¬on to Turkey Ambassador Christian Berger and the Deputy Director of Migration Management, Mr Gökçe Ok, will participate in the closing event.

What was the scope of the project?

The project implemented by IGAM (İltica ve Göç Araştırmaları Derneği – Research Center on Asylum and Migration) is funded under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). This is a European Union programme that aims to promote democracy and human rights worldwide through support to civil society initiatives.

In 2015, the EIDHR published a call to promote, protect, and monitor the rights of migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers. Within the framework of this call, IGAM, in partnership with the Journalists Association, was awarded a contract under which 5 workshops were held in Bolu (participants from Ankara & İstanbul), İzmir, Adana (Mersin), Hatay, and Gaziantep (Kilis, Şanlıurfa); 4 sensitization working dinners for editors were held in Ankara and İstanbul, and 2 trainings were held for Anadolu Ajansı in Ankara and Istanbul. A total of more than 250 participants were reached out to, including 150 journalists.

This 24-month project was funded for a value of 215.910 EUR, equal to the 95% of the total cost.

What was the result of the training workshops?  

During the conference, a Media Monitoring Report will also be presented. It collects the findings of an 18-month period of analysis of media archives and online webs of 8 national and 5 local media, in cities where large groups of refugees are present, as well as 7 national TV channels. The report shows that the way refugees' problems are presented in the monitored media showed some improvement after the attendance of the relevant journalists at the trainings organized by the project.

On the Media Reporting About Refugees

Head of the Delegation of the EU to Turkey Ambassador Christian Berger's message at the occasion: "We are confident that the training implemented during the project to media and NGOs leads to fair and accurate reporting of the actual situation and the proper rights of the refugee community. Some positive signals can be already observed from the Media Monitoring Report, something that the European Union is proud to have supported"

Date/ Time:     30 January 2019, 9:15
Venue:             Conrad Hotel, ISTANBUL

For more information, please contact the Delegation:
Stefano Calabretta, Tel: (+90 312) 459 87 00; E-mail: stefano.calabretta@eeas.europa.eu

For press enquiries please contact:
Miray Akdağ, Press and Information Officer of the Delegation of the EU to Turkey
Tel: 0312 4598700, E-mail: miray.akdag@eeas.europa.eu