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Safety training for Dominican journalists

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US$15 000.00

The safety of journalists is a serious problem in the Dominican Republic. This project therefore aims to train Dominican journalists to understand the legal framework in which they perform their duties, identify threats they may confront, learn risk reduction skills and develop safety initiatives, in accordance with the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists. The training program will follow UNESCO’s Model Curricula for Journalism Education - A Compendium of New Syllabi (2013). Specifically, it will adapt the Safety and Journalism course, including the section on specific threats faced by women who work as journalists. It will also use the Safety of Journalists section of UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators in order to produce a comprehensive analysis of the current situation in the Dominican Republic and a report on how to better implement safe journalistic practices. 

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CDP - Colegio Dominicano de Periodistas (Dominican College of Journalism)
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The Dominican College of Journalists was legally created by Law 10-91, promulgated on May 7, 1991. It gathers and represents those who practice journalism as a profession in Dominican Republic. Its mission is to defend freedom of expression, press freedom and the citizen’s right to access accurate information of its interest. One of its main objectives is to facilitate professional and technical education and training for journalists and media workers. The College has a long history of organizing activities and particularly training initiatives for Dominican journalists and media professionals.

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Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Isabel Viera, Program Officer, Communication and Information at UNESCO Cluster Office in Havana: i.viera@unesco.org

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Lic. Olivo de León, President of CDP

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic