The Center for Democracy and Human Rights – CEDEM, in cooperation with TV PRVA, organized the training “The Role of Journalists in Criminal Cases and Reporting on Judicial Bodies” on December 6-7 at the PREMIER Hotel in Podgorica.
The training was intended for representatives of the media and the civil sector, who recognized its importance and responded in significant numbers.
The training is part of the project “Strengthening the role of the media in improving criminal justice in Montenegro” funded through the European Union’s Media Professionalization Program. The aim of the project is to strengthen the capacity of the media in Montenegro to report on criminal justice, by increasing the quality and credibility of investigative journalism in accordance with European Union and Council of Europe standards, as well as the Code of Journalists of Montenegro.
The lecturer, Elina Makri, presented the most important criminal cases in the EU and the role of journalists in them, with a special emphasis on reporting.
During the first day, journalists analyzed the role of journalists and representatives of judicial bodies such as the public prosecutor, PR judicial institutions, etc., as well as significant examples of journalistic practice of criminal justice, with an emphasis on award-winning journalism.
Having in mind, today’s journalism, a special focus was on writing texts while avoiding sensationalism and keeping the course of facts and reliable sources of information. It also discussed how much journalists should be concerned about the legal framework when reporting on criminal cases and the judiciary.
A review of the law on access to free information and the law on available public data was the focus of the second day of training. During the second day of the training, the participants started working on stories about criminal cases of interest to the Montenegrin public. with the assistance of lecturers, and they will be published in electronic and written media by the end of March 2018.