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BRIDGE workshop: Preparing the media to fairly and accurately cover electoral processes in Libya

November 01, 2017 • By Emna Zghonda
BRIDGE workshop, Tunis, 2017. Photo credit: International IDEA.

In preparation for potential electoral processes in Libya in 2018, a series of workshops targeting 24 Libyan media representatives were held in Tunis from 29 October to 1 November. The workshops, which were part of the Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) module, were customised to meet the needs of the media in Libya. They aimed to enhance the professionalism and capacity of media representatives in Libya in order to encourage fair and accurate coverage of electoral processes. 

The workshops were jointly organised by International IDEA, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Libya, and the High National Election Commission of Libya (HNEC). Each day focused on a specific theme:

  • Day 1 provided an overview of the election process.
  • Day 2 outlined the HNEC structure, roles and responsibilities and its relationship with the media.
  • Day 3 explored the role of the media throughout the electoral cycle.
  • Day 4 will involve the creation of a code of conduct for journalists.

In order to ensure the role of the election management body in Libya was well understood, three representatives from the HNEC attended the event. They presented their mandate and organigram, the HNEC media strategy, and the procedures for media accreditation.

The event was well-received by participants, who enjoyed the activities and looked forward to using their new knowledge.

I’m grateful to the organizers for such an opportunity. Although I’m experienced in media I was not aware of election related concepts, terms and processes. Now I can use both in my future media coverage of elections.” (Participant, Media & Election module)

It’s my first time participating in such a workshop.  I am enjoying both the information and the activities; It is a great chance for media representatives in Libya”. (Participant, Media & Election module)

When I go back to my work, I will brief my colleagues on the main topics and the importance of each as I think such information is made to share”. (Participant, Media & Election module)

“I’m a trainer, and would like to say that I like the methodology used in this workshop. I’m learning new knowledge and enjoy the activities in the same time”. (Participant, Media & Election module)

The workshops were delivered by BRIDGE facilitators Shubub Najeeb, accrediting facilitator from Iraq; Emna Zghonda, Internaitonal IDEA workshop facilitator from Tunisia; and Sabri F. Ali Senki, workshop facilitator from Libya. A trainer and a media resource person from IFES Libya also supported the event preparation and implementation.

International IDEA and IFES continually seek to promote a better understanding of the electoral cycle within the media. They also plan to continue building the relationship between the HNEC and media outlets in Libya, to further support credible reporting on electoral processes. To this end, and in preparation for the anticipated 2018 electoral processes, a series of similar workshops will be conducted over the coming months, targeting different media houses (including radio, print and television).

For more information about this event, see the BRIDGE events page

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About the authors

Emna Zghonda
Senior Programme officer
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