September 13, 2023 536

The training with the participation of the editor of the "Boston Globe" newspaper was completed

On September 11-12, the Anti-Corruption Agency, in collaboration with Regional Dialogue International NGO, Slovenia, organized trainings for heads of press services of government agencies and organizations, journalists and bloggers, representatives of NGOs, and public activists with the participation of Rachelle Cohen, editor at the Boston Globe.

For reference: The Boston Globe has over 150 years of publication today and is considered one of the most influential newspapers in the United States. Consistently ranked among America's top ten newspaper websites, it has won numerous national awards and took two regional Emmy Awards in 2009 for its video work. The newspaper's editor, Rachelle Cohen, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with more than 50 years of experience in journalism. She has worked for the world's most prominent media outlets, including the Associated Press and the Boston Herald. She has conducted investigative journalism on open government, corruption, politics, and other fields. She serves as co-chair of the Supreme Judicial Court's Judiciary-Media Committee.

Through these trainings, it is planned to widely involve government bodies and organizations, and civil society institutions, in particular, the media and representatives of NGOs, in the processes of combating corruption, boosting their involvement in ensuring the implementation of reforms in the field of combating corruption, and further strengthening mutual cooperation in this track.

The first day of training addressed the role of the media and NGOs in ensuring the transparency of government bodies and the fight against corruption and gathered journalists and bloggers, NGO representatives, and public activists. As noted, the media and NGOs have adequate power and capabilities to exercise public control, openness and transparency in the fight against corruption. Therefore, in the context of modern globalization, it is becoming increasingly important to develop strategies to strengthen their potential and popularize best practices. 

From this point of view, participants were provided with detailed information on such issues as promoting anti-corruption initiatives and ensuring transparency and accountability, strategies aimed at strengthening the organizational capacity and experience of NGOs in the fight against corruption, issues of international and cross-border cooperation, the role of journalistic investigations in uncovering corruption cases and information on specific mechanisms for preventing crime and building integrity through the media and the Internet.

Rachelle Cohen shared with the media her experience in collecting, using, analyzing and publishing data on corruption and complying with legal requirements and professional ethics.

At the training organized for heads of press offices of government bodies and organizations on the topic 'The role of press offices of government bodies in developing intolerant attitude towards corruption and creating effective information environment', the role of press services of government bodies in cultivating in people intolerant attitude towards corruption was considered, and strategies for effective anti-corruption messages to the public.

The heads of press services who participated in the training received answers from a foreign expert on transparency issues in press services to identify and eradicate corruption, cooperation with civil society institutions and the media to promote intolerance towards corruption.

The speaker presented the problems that press services face when fulfilling their mission to create an environment of zero tolerance for corruption and recommendations for overcoming them.

During the training, measures to strengthen the mechanisms of cooperation of the Anti-Corruption Agency with government agencies, the media, and NGOs were discussed in detail.

In this regard, the participants put forward several proposals based on an agreement that was reached to regularly organize similar trainings, combined with a practical part, to expand the circle of journalists and bloggers interested in this area and to conduct a constant dialogue with them.

Following the training, participants were awarded certificates.

Press Service of the Anti-Corruption Agency

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