“I and the chief editor have been really happy with everything IWPR has done, especially around the election, because that’s something we know very little about,” Mubrouk Aboujaafar, assistant to the chief editor at the Libyan News Agency, said afterwards. “We needed to learn about many aspects of journalism – what news is, what objectivity is, how to conduct interviews and use information.”
As well as in-house training, IWPR has been engaging with a broad cross-section of journalists outside the main cities in places like Zliten, Sabha and Yefren.
IWPR’s Libya Programme Director, Seth Meixner, is also talking to the various actors who are involved in the ongoing debate on media policy and in shaping a regulatory environment for the industry.
“Now is the time for media sector leaders to define what is a free press in Libya,” Meixner said. “IWPR is engaged in these early discussions in order to help to guarantee a lively but responsible media sector in the future.”
(Source: Institute for War and Peace Reporting)