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01 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 33344)  

 
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Title FOLLOW UP WORKSHOP ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND THE MEDIA 
Description The workshop will provide practical training for officers who are dealing with the press.

The aim of the workshop was to increase knowledge about relations between law enforcement agencies and the media with a view to promoting and facilitating the respect for human rights, in particular freedom of expression and information, in accordance with European standards 
Status Completed 
Date 10/10/2011 - 11/10/2011 
Location Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Countries CoE Members: Republic of Moldova
  Bilateral
  Joint Programme Activity - MLD-DemSupport
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP MLD-DemSupport - Democracy Support Programme    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 2 - 2010/DGHL/JP/2445   Ensuring accountability for human rights violations
Expected Result 2.3 - Police officers and prosecutors are able to apply the ECHR and CPT standards for combating ill-treatment and impunity in their daily work.
 PoA
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Rule of Law
Line of Action ⇒ II.1 – Ensuring Justice
Programme ☆ II.1.2  Prisons and Police

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Workshop (excl. training) 
Directorate (Service) Human Rights and Legal Affairs (Cooperation - Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building Department)
CoE Contact ,   email
Last Modified 25/11/2011 


Activity Synopsis (ID# 33344) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) The aim of the workshop was to increase knowledge about relations between law enforcement agencies and the media with a view to promoting and facilitating the respect for human rights, in particular freedom of expression and information, in accordance with European standards. 
Output/Results The two-days workshop was a follow-up of a CoE workshop which was held on 20-21 June 2011 in Chisinau.

The workshop had a pragmatic approach and provided practical guidance and ideas for the press officers and spokespersons.

In course of their presentations, the consultants explained the importance of the freedom of expression and right to access to public information to the participants and via their experiences showed the advantages and mutual benefits of a conscious relationship between police and media.

The police expert introduced the evolution of police-media relations in Germany through practical examples and gave advice on the methods how the police can establish good relationship with the media and work on its gradual development and how they can make use of it for strengthening the public trust and confidence and provide greater transparency for their services.

Among practical tips, the police expert talked about problems a press officer can face and presented the optimal use of modern techniques (new forms of media). He highlighted the importance of providing information for the public in a professional and proportional way within the shortest time possible.

The journalist expert explained the techniques, tactics and methods used by journalists. He showed also the role of verbal and non-verbal communication in transferring a “message” and how the different opportunities could be used for improving the “visibility”.

Both consultants mentioned practical details, explaining “bad habits” and “traps” which all press officers should try to avoid or handle properly and encouraged the participants to have a positive and pro-active manner in informing the media.

The consultants provided guidelines for drafting a statement, press release and giving an interview. During the second day, the participants had the chance to improve their practical skills and test their newly acquired knowledge in smaller groups using those case studies which had been prepared by the MoIA and by the CoE consultants. They drafted press releases, statements and gave interviews in front of a camera. The CoE consultants evaluated all the performances and practical exercises in front of the group and invited the participants to express their thoughts.

 
Conclusions/Follow Up In the first workshop, the participants expressed their wish for a more practical approach. This second workshop provided for this. 
Participants The 25 participants arrived from several police regions and central departments and from other forces (e.g Border Guards, Emergency Services). Most of them are tasked with the public and press relations besides their normal, daily work and had unequal professional background and experiences.
 
Consultants/Experts Klaus Laackman, spokesman of the North Rhein-Westphalia Police
Vasile Botnaru, journalist from the Free Europe Radio Station 
CoE Secretariat Willemien Los
Ildiko Salacz 
Total No. Participants 28 
Last Modified

25/11/2011 




 
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