UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

07/02/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/02/2020 02:59

Empowering Yemeni journalists amidst COVID-19 crisis

The three webinars provided journalists with a comprehensive set of skills to cover the COVID-19 pandemic safely and counter the spread of disinformation and misinformation in Yemen.

The first webinar(link is external), which took place on June 12, covered safety and ethics for journalists during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar allowed participants to understand the necessary safety procedures while covering pandemics, including COVID-19, and provided them with an opportunity to discuss the numerous challenges faced by Yemeni journalists during the crisis whether physical, digital, or psychosocial. Participants learnt how to identify, mitigate, and manage risks and threats during a pandemic including those that are gender-based . This first training also emphasized the critical role of journalists during the pandemic as well as in the fight against disinformation, hate speech, and discrimination.

The second webinar(link is external), which took place on June 13, focused on scientific journalism. It provided journalists with the tools to cover a scientific event, learning how to understand and use scientific terms, as well as how to convey the results of a scientific research, and deal with resources, vocabulary and ethical matters. The last webinar(link is external), which took place on June 14, covered reporting in times of information disorder and verification tools. Journalists were introduced to Media and Information Literacy in the context of COVID-19 and learnt about the tools to verify information, pictures, videos and combination of facts. 44Yemeni journalists, including 24male and 20female journalists, took part in the three webinars.