Media are NGOs’ partners in the fight against corruption, experts told Lebanese journalists at a workshop in Beirut.
Media have played a key role in uncovering Arab leaders’ corruption, according to Dr. Azmi Shuaibi, the Arab Anti-Corruption and Integrity Network’s Non-Governmental Group coordinator.
Dr. Azmi Shuaibi explains partnership between NGOs and media
He addressed 10 journalists from print, broadcast and online media who attended the training as part of a conference organized by the UN Development Program (UNDP), ACIAC and the Lebanese Justice Ministry.
The April workshop also featured academic Khalil Gebara who asked rhetorically if there was a political will in Lebanon to fight corruption.
Journalists at anti-corruption workshop
“Why aren’t corruption issues on the list of government priorities?” he said.
Dr. Khalil Gebara
Lead trainer and Media Unlimited director Magda Abu-Fadil walked the journalists through the definitions of corruption and how media can play an increasingly important role as watchdogs in the post-Arab Spring environment.
She also briefed them on international standards of investigative journalism and their application to corruption in the Arab world.
Magda Abu-Fadil shows links between anti-corruption coverage and investigative journalism
Another key component is media ethics and its importance in reporting on corruption, she said.
Abu-Fadil also focused on the vital role played by social media and how best to utilize them.
Participants provided a list of recommendations, which UNDP’s Regional Communications Specialist Rut Gomez Sobrino hopes to translate into an action plan.
Lebanese journalists, Rut Gomez Sobrino and Abu-Fadil at anti-corruption workshop