IOM launches in Tunis Journalists' Guide for Media Coverage of Migration
10/07/2019 18:48, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Wednesday launched in Tunis the Journalists' Guide for Media Coverage of Migration based on International Law and Factual Data.

This French-language guide provides important data, such as the terminology of migration, its international legal framework and appropriate approaches to media coverage, Deputy Chief of Mission and Senior Project Manager at the UN migration agency in Tunisia Paola Pace told media.

This guide is built on similar experiences of other organisations, she added. The document will be translated to Arabic next November and later to English.

The guide is the fruit of a series of training sessions geared towards 300 journalists and media professionals over three years in Algeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Libya, Morocco, Switzerland and Tunisia.

The launch of this guide is part of the Regional Development and Protection Programme for North Africa (RDPP NA) funded by the European Union and IOM Development Fund (IDF) and carried out in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.

Special Adviser to IOM Chief Elizabeth Collett put emphasis on the key role of media in giving a real picture of migration by breaking with prejudices, stereotypes and misinformation on social networks.

New studies showed that some migrants have degrees and boast high professional qualifications which enable them to contribute to economic development in host countries, she said.

Director General for human rights at the Prime Ministry Nizar Barkouti said it was time to introduce migration journalism to defend migrants’ rights and provide neutral information. This guide is the first step towards achieving a lofty humane goal, he said.

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