Canada protects journalists in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Journalists wish to see a more responsible media emerge in all provinces of the DRC.

Training session led by Journalists for Human Rights.

Journalists receive a diploma after three days of training.

Group photo with Canadian Ambassador Ginette Martin.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), political actors own many media organizations and create situations that encourage journalists to disseminate propaganda rather than objective information.

Journalists from chains of radio and television outlets have made several blunders during electoral periods and as a result experienced violence from reporting irresponsibly.

The Canadian Embassy to the DRC collaborated with Canadian NGO Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) to organize a training workshop in the DRC to help journalists build their capacity to report responsibly and thus decrease their chances of being attacked for their reports.

Journalists want more help

Canada provided 15 Congolese journalists with an opportunity to learn techniques to responsibly collect, process, and disseminate information during electoral periods.  

Canada's Ambassador to the DRC, Ginette Martin, during the opening ceremony highlighted the benefits of a responsible media, particularly with the DRC’s upcoming elections fast approaching.

Journalists who are expert in electoral matters and members of the Electoral Commission developed modules for the workshop participants to work on their reporting processes and had them produce a report to present and discuss about.  

All journalists agreed at the training that it was urgent to develop a good code of ethics to serve as a safeguard for their work.

After three days of training, each participating journalist received a diploma and a helpful guide on the code of ethics for journalism in the DRC.  All journalists wished to see more of this type of training to be held throughout the DRC.

Canada believes that empowering journalists with the ability to responsibly and effectively report on governance issues is fundamental to any society, and continues to help prepare journalists for the upcoming DRC electoral period.