27 May 2008


The Institute for Further Education of Journalists (FOJO) in Sweden is offering a three-week intensive programme in November on "Journalism and Democracy" for applicants from selected countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The closing date for application is 13 June 2008.

Participants will scrutinise the role of the media in democratic processes and create strategies that will help strengthen the position of free and independent journalism in their home countries.

Twenty participants will be admitted from the following countries/regions: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank and Gaza. Applicants must have extensive journalism experience, an interest in development, a position in their respective media organisation that will allow them to implement their learnings, and a strong command of English. Women are encouraged to apply.

The project is financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), which will cover the participation fee and accommodation and international travel costs.

The programme will take place 3-21 November 2008 in Kalmar and Stockholm, Sweden.

For more info and an application form, see: http://tinyurl.com/4hgnbhor contact Katarina Marelius at: katarina (.) marelius (@) hik (.) se

(27 May 2008)