Swedish Group Offers Seminar on Journalism and Democracy

Journalists from Laos and Indonesia have been invited to apply to join a training program on journalism and democracy, scheduled for June 5-23 in Sweden. The application deadline is February 15, 2006.
         The Sweden-based Institute for Further Education of Journalists (FOJO) will organize the event and The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) will cover travel and lodging costs for participants.
         The seminar will take place in Kalmar and Stockholm. It will focus on the opportunities and obstacles of independent journalism, ethics and newsroom organization, among other topics.
         The program aims to gather journalists from different social and political backgrounds to scrutinize the media’s role in democracy, to network, and to help find solutions for any drawbacks in the development of journalism in developing nations such as Laos and Indonesia.
         Twenty journalists with a strong command of English and extensive professional experience are to be accepted into the program which is open to journalists from a number of countries including Afghanistan, Algeria, Botswana, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, Senegal, Syria, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
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