Press Release _ Training Media
The journalists participating to the ECES/ANJU training event represented different national media organizations from the television, radio, print and electronic press - including Pajhwok News Agency, RTA (National Radio Television of Afghanistan), 1 TV, Shamshad TV, Radio Killid, Radio Salam Watandar - as well as freelance journalists. The trainer, an experienced journalist, is also dean the of the Journalism department in one of the major private universities in Kabul.
Training session included a series of modules focusing on the 20 October Parliamentary elections: election procedures, legal framework including the 2016 Election Law, media regulations and violations, election campaign and candidates coverage, as well as security issues while covering campaign activities and Election-day, in a deadly context with media representatives being regularly targeted by illegal armed groups and individuals.
The European Center for Electoral Support (ECES) is a not for profit private foundation headquartered in Brussels with a global remit. ECES promotes sustainable democratic development through the provision of advisory services, operational support and management of large projects in the electoral and democracy assistance field. ECES is operating in Afghanistan since last July the fully EU-funded project PROSES (Project in Support of Enhanced Sustainability and Electoral Integrity). This 18-month technical assistance project is supporting the 2018 Parliamentary elections through a series of ongoing trainings and capacity building activities focused on democracy and election stakeholders, including civil society organizations and the media. ECES, which will also support the 2019 Presidential election, has implemented project in 35 countries since its establishment in 2010.