Media Role in Combating Corruption – Practical Training on Necessary Skills

Date: 22 Oct 2014
This advanced workshop is a completion of a previous one held by Social Contract Center (SCC) on August 18-19, 2014. It focuses more on the practical skills that enable media to detect and combat corruption through developing capacities of journalists and media professionals interested in addressing corruption issues.

  Intensive and advanced training focused on investigative journalism, Editorial standards, data and information processing, protection of witnesses and information sources…etc.

  Mrs. Safaa Faisal, the accredited trainer by BBC corporation, was invited by SCC to deliver training on: editorial corruption issues (accuracy, integrity, balance, fairness), editorial practices in corruption fighting, the objectives and prospects of respective organizations, audiences desires, sources of information on corruption crimes, corruption related  rules and laws, investigative journalism tools and its role in fighting corruption and journalistic interviews.
Councilor Mahmoud El-Kholy, SCC Director, asserted that supporting the state’s efforts in combating corruption is one of SCC work plan. He also emphasized that media professional’s capacity building programs come at the forefront of  SCC interests, given that media can play a greater role in detecting and combating corruption, especially when media professional is equipped with professional skills and ethical values. Councilor El-Kholy added that fight against corruption- such as fight against terrorism- necessitates concerted efforts in order to eradicate it.

  Dr. Yasmin Khodary threw the light on corruption phenomena defining it as an abuse of public authority or position to  gain personal benefits. She also referred to main types of corruption (such as bribes, favoritism and nepotism, misuse of time, influence abuse, money laundry) and main factors leading to corruption as lack of transparency, weak supervision due to lack of independence of authorities and authorities’ overlap, conflict of interest...etc.

  Dr. Khodary clarified also that there are two types of corruptions “ grand corruption” that is practiced by high ranking employees and “petty corruption” that is practiced by junior staff. Corruption can also be administrative, which takes place at government bodies, political, economic such as monopolies in stack exchange, and financial which encompasses three parties. Bribe provider, bribe recipient and the intermediator.

  In conclusion, Mrs. Safaa Faisal commented that although investigative journalism is a difficult and time consuming process, yet it greatly contributes to the alleviation of corruption phenomena.

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