By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 25 April 2014:
A workshop organised by UNESCO, UNSMIL, and the NGO Search for Common Ground, this week . . .[restrict]looked to open lines of communication between media professionals and security officials.
The two day workshop brought together 15 public and private sector broadcast, print and online journalists with an equivalent number of officials from the Ministries of Justice, Interior, Justice and Information as well as members of the General National Congress.
Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Libya Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told attendees that the workshop was crucial to sparking dialogue in Libya between the media and security sectors.
“Each depends on the other to better serve the public, and we are hopeful that this workshop will lead to increased cooperation between the two, so as to protect freedom of expression and reinforce Libyan democracy,” he said.
The team of experts from Search for Common Ground, with experience of addressing conflict in the Middle East and North African through dialogue, were supported by facilitators from the Tunisian Ministry of Interior.
Topics addressed in the workshop included: training for freedom of expression within the security sector, common threats and challenges faced by media and security forces and opportunities for future collaboration and reform in both sectors. [/restrict]