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British Embassy starts competitive Campaign on Investigative and Electoral Journalism


KATHMANDU: The British Embassy in Kathmandu has launched a competitive campaign on Investigative and Electoral Journalism. British Ambassador Andy Sparkes and Giles Thomson and a visiting senior diplomat with the British foreign ministry (FCO), Giles Thomson, launched a competitive campaign on Investigative and Electoral Journalism on Monday.

A press release issued by the Embassy said, the five month long competition funded by the British Embassy and jointly implemented by the Centre for Investigative Journalism-Nepal and the Thomson Foundation, London, is being run for the third consecutive year.

Addressing at the function organized to launch the campaign, British Ambassador Sparkes said, “I am delighted to open the competitive campaign for investigative and electoral journalism. A free, vibrant and professional media is essential to democracy and to the conduct of free and fair elections. This is the third year in a row we are supporting this campaign, and I am pleased to learn that a crucial new element has been added this year: namely training on accurate, impartial and responsible electoral reporting. The elections scheduled for 19 November are absolutely necessary for Nepal to move forward. Experienced British journalists will be coming to Nepal to share their expertise as part of this campaign, and I very much hope Nepali journalists will benefit from this and gain some additional skills to help them play their necessary role in the election process.”

Similarly speaking at the occasion, Giles Thomson, Director South Asia, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK said, “It is crucial that elections happen on 19 November. UK committed to supporting free and fair polls. That is why we are providing £14m to support Nepal for the election which includes support to the Election Commission, plans to support national and international observers, programs to help more women candidates get elected, and a program working with the youth to prevent violence.”

As part of the campaign, Centre for Investigative Journalism-Nepal and Thomson Foundation will organize 5-day training sessions for 60 reporters in Kathmandu, Kanchanpur and Ilam. Two trainers from the UK will share their expertise on investigative journalism and electoral reporting. These trainers will also visit several newsrooms in Kathmandu to discuss investigative techniques and electoral reporting with top editors, section heads, desk and copy editors and reporters.

Reports published or broadcast between 1 August 2013 and 31 December 2013 will be considered for the competition and will be evaluated by an independent panel of media professionals on the basis of standard criteria set by Centre for Investigative Journalism-Nepal. The top four winning journalists whose stories/reports are selected will be rewarded with an opportunity to attend short summer course on Investigative Journalism in the UK.

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