What we did: In Morocco, we organized working sessions on the role of media in awareness and information. In Libya, we conducted Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) training for journalists, the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) and the Central Committee for Municipal Council Elections (CCME).

What we achieved: We (1) inspired Morocco Hit Radio to show more interest in public affairs and dedicate a part of its schedule to the coverage of the parliamentary elections in 2021; and (2) supported journalists and Libyan election management bodies to building a relationship based on trust and openness. Subsequently, the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) organized its first Conference for Media and Elections.

Who we did it with: Media in Libya and Morocco, and representatives from the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) and the Central Committee for Municipal Council Elections (CCMCE) in Libya.  

Impact area: Electoral Processes

Donor: Core

Boundary partners: Electoral management bodies

 

Throughout 2021, International IDEA workshops across the Middle East and North Africa region helped journalists to be more aware of the impact of media coverage on elections.

Morocco

As part of a project on raising awareness about youth participation in the 2021 elections in Morocco, International IDEA supported the Free Generation Foundation and Hit Radio Media in hosting two working sessions for the benefit of journalists and community managers who will implement the project. The two working sessions were organized online on 19 and 20 April 2021.

The first working session was on the role of media in providing awareness and information. The second focused on the misinformation youth experienced via social media. Known mostly as a music radio station, Hit Radio began to show more interest in public affairs. After the two workshops, it dedicated a part of its schedule to the coverage of the parliamentary elections in Morocco, which were held in September 2021. 

Libya

International IDEA and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Libya organized a BRIDGE workshop on media and elections from 6 to 8 April 2021 in Tunis. The workshop focused on university journalism professors, male and female journalists, and representatives from the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) and the Central Committee for Municipal Council Elections (CCMCE).

International IDEA invited the Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication from neighbouring Tunisia to present its experience in monitoring the media during the electoral processes organized from 2014 to 2019.  

This workshop contributed to bridging the gaps between journalists and Libyan election management bodies, a step towards building a relationship based on trust and openness between the stakeholders.