KAS-Geneva, CFED-Malawi Train African Journalists in Reporting UPR

On January 19, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS)-Geneva Office partnered Centre for Education and Development (CFED)-Malawi to train 60 journalists from Togo and Zimbabwe. The journalists are being trained in reporting Universal Periodic Review  (UPR) of the Human Rights Council. The trainings were held ahead of the UPR for the countries scheduled for 24  and 26 January 2022 respectively.

Albert Sharra, the founder of CFED-Malawi and also KAS Media Africa programme scholar said he is happy that KAS-Geneva has embarked on a mission of popularizing UPR among African journalists.

“Since we share same interests, we volunteered to help them with mobilizing journalists in Africa for free. They identify a trainer and provide data for the trainees. It is our wish to take UPR trainings to all African countries,” said Sharra.

KAS-Geneva director Dr Olaf Wientzek said he was happy to see large groups of journalists during the trainings.

According to CFED-Malawi programme manager Jacqueline Banda, the next trainings will be held in  South Sudan and Sudan on 27 January 2022. The two countries will undergo the UPR review on 31 January and 1 February 2022 respectively.

In 2021, similar trainings were conducted in Malawi, Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. A total of 130 journalists were trained. All trainings are being facilitated by Nicoletta Zappile from UPR-INFO.

Zimbabwe training in session

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