Thursday, June 23, 2011

24 June Deadline for Freedom of Expression Standard Course

ARTICLE 19 and The Gambia Press Union (GPU) invite applications for a specialized training course on international standards on freedom of expression scheduled to take place from 11 to 15 July 2011 in The Gambia. 

The training course is part of a year capacity building programme supported by the 9th European Development Fund and managed by ARTICLE 19 Senegal in partnership with the GPU to strengthen the capacity of Gambia media practitioners to deepen their understanding of freedom of expression standards and enhance their ability to contribute to democratic and economic governance in The Gambia. 
This week-long programme offers a unique environment for journalists to reflect and examine in detail the key freedom of expression issues that most affect them.  It will include interactive case studies to ensure that theory is matched with practical exercises. In order to ensure that the training addresses the specific needs of the media practitioners’ a customized course material will be specifically designed to that effect using best practices. 
The training material on freedom of expression standards will compile key international and regional treaties, protocols other instruments on freedom of expression. It will also draw from ARTICLE 19 principles in these areas and the body of knowledge developed by national courts including in commonwealth countries and by human rights mechanisms.  This will also contain information from the experience the organisation has gathered from its work in other part of the world. This course material, besides the training will be a reference book for journalists.
The training will be conducted by renowned free expression experts from around Africa, Europe and Latin America.
 Eligibility criteria: The course is open to all practising journalists in The Gambia, who have at least three years progressive experience on the job. Female candidates are encouraged to apply. The best 20 candidates will be selected for the course. A follow- up course is scheduled for October 2011 for the 10 best participants. 
Deadline for submission of application: Friday, June 24 2011.
Applications will only be accepted through email or online. Please visit to download and complete the application form.  Then scan and send it as an attachment together with three samples of your journalistic work – print, audio, or visual - to  and
In the event of difficulties with the online or email application for technical reasons, interested applicants must contact ARTICLE 19 or GPU prior to the deadline and arrange for an alternative.
Only selected applicants will be contacted, late or incomplete application will not be considered. Successful applicants will sign an attendance agreement prior to their enrolment for the course.
Certificates will be issued to participants at the end of the course.

No comments: