[Press Release] EU and IOM Join Hands: 'Media Training' Aim to Strengthen  
Journalism in Nepal on Migration Issue

7 September 2014

Dhulikhel, Nepal - Thirty professional journalists from the capital and the districts of Kathmandu Valley will receive a two-day training workshop on migration issues covering, values of journalism, migration on social media and migration management issues.

The event is part of the joint European Union (EU) and International Organization for Migration's (IOM) extended support towards strengthening labour migration management capacities of the Colombo Process (CP) member states with a regional intervention in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines, supported by the European Union through a financial contribution of EUR 1.6 million. The media training is conducted together with Nepal Labour Journalist Association.

"The EU recognizes the vital role of well-trained reporters to inform the decision makers and the broader public better about burning migration issues in Nepal and inspire on how to best address them. We hope that this workshop equips journalists to reach out more effectively as a positive driver for change about this global challenge," said Andreas Roettger, Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to Nepal.

"Media plays such significant role in conveying a conceptual clarity to the policymakers and the civil society as well as raising their awareness on the diversity of migration. Through this training, we expect that journalists in Nepal can contribute positively in shaping the image of migrants in society, be objective and accurate as well as balanced in coverage of migration," stated Joe Lowry, IOM Asia-Pacific Senior Communications/Media Officer and Spokesperson.

Migration has always been a part of life in South Asia. For hundreds of years, circular movements of people have taken place in some regions of South Asia to expand income and livelihood opportunities beyond subsistence agriculture.  In today's highly mobile world, migration and mobility have become an increasingly complex area of governance, inextricably interlinked with other key policy areas including socio-economic development, poverty reduction, national security, human rights, regional stability and interstate cooperation.

The role that is expected from the media, as it has been its tradition to inform, educate, sensitize and motivate the citizens, is to create public opinion and thus function as one of the principal institutions guiding the society and the policy towards a better future.

The portraits sketched by media of all phenomena pertaining to life generate public images on the issues, events and situations, while the quantity and quality of the portraits to a large extent depend on media professionals' understanding of the subjects, their ways of presenting and projecting them, and the procedures they employ in digging out and gathering facts. Therefore, whether a development issue would be promoted or dissuaded by the media depends basically on the media professionals' understanding or lack of it.

For more information, please contact:
Pravina Gurung, National Program Officer, IOM Nepal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ariani Soejoeti, Public Relations & Communication Officer, IOM Nepal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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