International trainer Gie Meeuwis started a 5 day training of trainers. The training, which started on Saturday October 22, is ment to prepare the trainers of Media bo Khalk for the third edition of this postgraduate course in journalism.
The trainers that Meeuwis works with are Ameen Muhamad and Aram Saeed, and the training mainly focusses on TV making.
The 22 students of Media bo Khalk (Al Ilam al nas, Media for People) 2010/2011 were presented with certificates to celebrate the end of their 8 months post graduate course in journalism. The ceremony took place on Monday July 4, 2011 in Erbil.
Guest speakers were the KRG Minister of Culture, Youth and Media, Kawa Mahmoud, and Public Diplomacy officer Selim Ariturk of the US RRT in Erbil. They both spoke about the importance of independent and professional media for Iraq.
Falah Mustafa Bakir, the Head of the Department of Foreign Relations of KRG, sent a letter in which he stated that 'maintaining honesty and helping build hope and heal the wounds of the past is the signal role that journalists play'. The second Media bo Khalk was possible thanks to American, Dutch and Kurdish funds. The latter came from PUK leader Mallah Bachtiar, and from former KRG prime minister Nerchirvan Barzani, who explained in a letter the reason for his support is 'the need for professional journali…
In the newsroom of Kurdsat TV in Sulaymaniya started on October 14, 2009 an on the job training. Kurdsat is an important satellite channel and the main station of the political party PUK. It employs approximately 300 people. The newsroom staff will be trained for five days by Hasssan Rachidi. He has been working as a journalist for Al-Jazeera for a long period of years, both in the field and at the desk, producing news items. He will join the Kurdsat staff during the work progress and give them advice on the most important aspects of TV journalism as well as on news production and news flow. The aim of the training is to teach the staff to work more professional and efficiently.
In order to raise awareness among journalists of the importance of minorities in
Iraq and Kurdistan, IMCK has started its first (out of three) workshop(s) on minorities
in Iraq. Journalist, writer and trainer Sa’ad
Salloum opens the first session by introducing the journalists to the different topics that are related to the rich diversity that can be found in Iraq's ethnic, cultural and religious landscape.
Most of the participant are, besides journalist, belonging to a minority group themselves.
At this first day, Sa'ad has lectured on, inter alia, the complexities and problems of minorities in Iraq, minorities rights in Iraqi law and the possible implications of the International Human Rights Declaration.
>IMCK likes to thank the British Foreign & Common Wealth Office and the British Embassy in Iraq for funding this workshop<