In 2015 and 2016, the ILYM project brought together journalists from Iraq, Libya and Yemen to debate on the role played by the media in crisis-stricken countries. In 2018, the Tasalah (meaning 'reconciliation' in Arabic) project, which focused entirely on Iraq, enhanced the skills of Iraqi journalists and made them more aware of the issues relating to social cohesion. The 'Mosul Talks' workshops allowed them to exchange their thoughts and opinions about the numerous challenges of reconciliation.
The Tafael project ('Tafael' being an Arabic expression meaning 'to go forwards with optimism') follows in the footsteps of these two projects. It draws on the conclusions reached in the Mosul Talks workshops, which called on local media outlets to perform more effectively their assignment of educating and informing their audiences, and to become more involved in the reconstruction process. It focuses on the Nineveh Governorate in northern Iraq, where the occupation by Islamic State (IS) and the resulting battles had a dramatic impact on the social fabric (and also divided entire communities).
Today, local media outlets in the region are regarded with a sense of mistrust, and so the goals of the Tafael project are to make young Iraqi journalists more aware of the issues of social cohesion and to train them to present this subject in a positive light. By building on these initiatives, the project aims to provide the residents of the Nineveh Governorate with better access to relevant information, which will meet their expectations and forge stronger links within communities.
- Chief editors (male and female) at the media outlets reporting on the news in the region
- Around 45 young journalists (students at journalism schools, or more experienced journalists) based in the Nineveh Governorate.
Awareness-raising for partner media outlets, and call for journalists to come forward
- Call for expression of interest for media outlets operating in the Nineveh Governorate (traditional local media outlets and online media outlets), and organisation of an awareness-raising seminar, based on the conclusions reached in the Mosul Talks in 2018.
- Call for young journalists from the region to come forward, and selection of 45 beneficiaries.
Training sessions on journalism practices
Two 5-day training sessions encompassing:
- A general component: journalism in a post-crisis environment (protection of sources, seeking out information, journalism ethics), safety, physical and digital security, investigative journalism.
- A ‘social cohesion’ component: sharing good practices on the reporting of subjects relating to solidarity, integration and participation in social life, and the use of solutions journalism.
Raising awareness of social cohesion issues amongst Iraqi journalistsOctober 9, 2019
Media and social cohesion in IraqFebruary 21, 2020
Specialist training sessions
A 5-day session dedicated to a specialism chosen by the participants (radio journalism, written journalism, video journalism or photojournalism), with particular focus on the techniques for adapting content to the Internet and social networks.
Journalism and social cohesion under debate at the University of MosulFebruary 8, 2021
Production and broadcasting of content
- Support given to journalists to produce content semi-independently, with trainers providing assistance remotely.
- Assessment of the various reports, prizes awarded to the best topics.
- Development of the content produced as part of the project, by broadcasting it via local partner media outlets.