Panafrican News Agency

West African journalists attend regional training on investigate journalism

Niamey, Niger (PANA) - About forty investigative journalists from ECOWAS member states are taking part in a regional training on investigative journalism, with focus on economic and financial crimes in West Africa.

The training, in Niamey, is being held via videoconference.

Organized by the Intergovernmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA), the training is part of the capacity building of journalists in the investigation of economic and financial crimes.

It aims, among others, to create a strong alliance with the media in a concerted manner for effective dissemination of issues related to the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism (AML/CFT), to inform the media of regional initiatives, including GIABA's mandate, and to improve the network of journalists that would promote good dissemination of information on AML/CFT schemes.

In his opening address, GIABA's Director of Evaluation and Compliance, Dr Bruno Nduka, said that the main objective of this programme is to build the capacity of media professionals in reporting transnational organized crime, particularly money laundering and terrorist financing, and to provide a framework for participants to share experiences and foster cooperation and collaboration for the effective implementation of AML/CFT measures".

During the opening day of the conference, experienced AML/CFT media experts and GIABA staff, presented case studies, exchanged experiences, and developed several themes, including the understanding of the global AML/CFT framework; the development of investigative methods and strategies, taking into account national particularities; the use of new technologies in investigative journalism, etc.

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