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Training of security forces on freedom of expression, freedom of press and security of journalists to promote democratic principles in Tunisia

Participants of the training on freedom of expression and safety of journalists, Tunisia, February 2013 – © UNESCO/Daniel Deloit

The objective of this project, financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, is to enhance the security of journalists and foster freedom of expression in Tunisia by making security forces more aware of their responsibility towards journalists and their specific role in a democratic society.

Overview of Activities

  1. Development of training material for training courses for Ministry of Interior security forces (police and national guards) in Tunisia. The training material includes sections on international standards regarding freedom of expression, press freedom, right information, the safety of journalists, the Tunisian national legal framework, case studies, practical exercises and various scenarios describing what kinds of actions are appropriate.
  2. Conducting training of trainers (TOT) session at the police academy for police members and national guards, as well as journalists. The TOT and training courses have enhanced the capacity of executives of the security forces regarding:

    i)The judicial framework governing the new public space (fundamental liberties, citizens' rights and obligations);

    ii) The judicial framework particularly for the mission and the competencies of law enforcement officers;

    iii) The judicial framework pertaining to the media sector (right to freedom of expression, right to access to information of public domain, right to information, etc).

    The trainings included practical exercises for law enforcement officers and members of the press on ways to resolve concrete cases prone to generating incidents (protests, trials, etc.). The training improved Tunisian journalists' knowledge of their rights in order to better defend themselves, as well as the limits of these rights, and the missions and competencies of law enforcement; and of their relations with security forces on the ground.
  3. Workshops organized to reform the Ministry of Interior’s regulatory framework by drafting new standard operating procedures for how security forces deal with journalists and media professionals.
  4. Workshops organized to produce new chapters on freedom of expression, press freedom and safety of journalists for the manual used within the police academy.

Development partner

Project timeline

1 December 2012 31 October 2013


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