RPT announces new Libya project, supported by UN Democracy Fund

RPT announces new Libya project, supported by UN Democracy Fund
Friday, 19 September 2014 Written by Rory Peck Trust

The first UNDEF-funded project devoted entirely to supporting freelance journalists, will strengthen independent journalism in Libya.

The Rory Peck Trust has been selected by The UN Democracy Fund, UNDEF, for funding of a project entitled "Strengthening Skills and Improving Safety for Independent Journalism in Libya". The project will ensure that local citizens have better access to information about the country’s democratic process amidst considerable security challenges.

The two-year project, implemented by RPT alongside local Libyan partners, will train a core group of freelance journalists in freelance tradecraft and safety skills. The project will then be developed into an online resource, providing all freelance journalists in Libya with access to information that can assist them in producing more professional and ethical content, safely and securely. 

"This is the first UNDEF-funded project devoted entirely to supporting freelance journalism," said Annika Savill, Executive Head of The UN Democracy Fund, on signing the project document at UN Headquarters in New York with Tina Carr, Director of the Rory Peck Trust.

"The murders of freelance journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and the growing restrictions on media in a range of countries, make even more relevant and important the work, courage and safety of independent journalists worldwide. The Rory Peck Trust is uniquely equipped to carry out this project in an environment such as Libya, where the need is acute and the challenges in working there are just as acute."  

UNDEF has funded more than 500 projects in over 150 countries in the areas of rule of law, media, community development, women's empowerment, and youth participation. This project is the first to be signed in UNDEF's new Eighth Round of Funding.

Image: RPT Director Tina Carr (right) signs contract with Executive Head of the UN Democracy Fund Annika Savill


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