A two-day Anti-Corruption and Integrity-related Investigative reporting training got underway today in Monrovia for twenty (20) journalists from ten (10) counties – Montserrado, Margibi, Bong, Nimba, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Lofa, Grand Bassa, and Rivercess.
The training was organized by the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), with support from the Government and people of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) seeks to empower the journalists to investigate and independently report on corruption and integrity issues in Liberia.
The training is part of activities under CENTAL’s National Integrity and Anti-Corruption (NIBA) Program being implemented in seven counties – Montserrado, Bong, Nimba, Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa and Rivercess.
Speaking during the program, the Executive Director of CENTAL, Anderson D. Miamen made a presentation on the overview of the NIBA Program, followed by Madam Maureen Sieh, lead facilitator of the training who presented on the journalists’ role in reporting on accountability and transparency in Liberia as well as CENTAL’s Advocacy and Legal Advice Center (ALAC) on the work of the ALAC program.
“What should journalists look out for in investigating and reporting Corruption matters? What’re the frameworks in the fight against Corruption and how can journalists use integrity institutions to inform their reporting on accountability and transparency? Amongst others, Mr. Frank Sainworla, a media trainer and publisher, News Public Trust Newspaper will present on Freedom of Information (FOI) as a tool to promote transparency and accountability”. Moses Kowo, Acting Executive Director of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).